"School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success, and life-long achievement and health of students. To that end, school nurses (RNs) facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety, including a healthy environment, intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy, and learning" (NASN, 2010c).
The guidelines below have been developed for the exclusion of students who have or are suspected of having a communicable illness. These regulations are in conformance with the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control.
Do not send your child to school if they are ill with:
- Fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, or any condition that presents with fever - students will be excluded until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever suppressing medications
- Diarrheal illnesses - students will be excluded until they are diarrhea free for 24 hours without the use of diarrhea suppressing medications
- Vomiting, especially if accompanied by symptoms, such as headache, fever, stiff neck, disorientation and sleepiness
- Painful muscle spasms and stiffness of head, neck, and jaw
- Undetermined rash over any part of the body
- Undiagnosed scaly patches on the body or scalp
- Red, draining eyes
- Open, draining lesions or wounds
- Jaundice or yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Other signs and symptoms that may indicate a communicable illness
The school administrator/principal, nurse or designee will notify the student's parent or guardian that the student is to be excluded for health reasons.
It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to transport the student from school to his/her home or physician.