Hello - I'm Pam Galada, the school health clinic aide for Hartville Elementary and Lake Elementary. I hope you will find some useful information concerning your child's health and school policy on certain health related issues.
HOW DO I INFORM THE SCHOOL OF MY CHILD'S ABSENCE?
You can call the school office beginning at 7:45 a.m. (Hartville Elementary (330) 877-4278; Lake Elementary (330) 877-4276). For your convenience, there is also an absence e-mail form which can be accessed by clicking here.
WHY DOES THE SCHOOL CALL ME TO CONFIRM ABSENCES?
Because of the Missing and Exploited Children Act, we must confirm a student's absence if we have not received notification about the absence from the parent or guardian.
WHEN SHOULD MY CHILD STAY HOME FROM SCHOOL? WHEN CAN THEY RETURN AFTER AN ILLNESS?
FEVER - A child with a fever should be kept at home until they are fever-free for 24 hours. At school, we go by the guidelines from the Ohio Dept of Health which considers a temperature of 100.0 F or above a fever and we will call you to pick up your child from school.
DIARRHEA/VOMITING - Please keep your child home from school until they have not had an episode of diarrhea or vomiting for 24 hours.
PINKEYE - A child with pinkeye is considered contagious and should not be in school until they have completed 24 hours of prescribed eye drops.
STREP THROAT - A child with strep throat should stay home until they have completed 24 hours of their antibiotic treatment. Some doctors may suggest a longer duration before returning to school - check with your physician.
CHICKEN POX - A child with chicken pox is contagious until all lesions are dried and crusty. This usually takes a week to ten days.
HEAD LICE - A child with head lice cannot return to school until the hair has been properly treated with a proper lice-killing shampoo and ALL nits have been removed from the hair and scalp. The child will be checked by the clinic aide upon return to school to insure that no nits remain. A second treatment should be given 7 days after the first to insure complete removal of lice.
IMPETIGO - Impetigo is a contagious bacterial infection transmitted by direct personal contact. Therefore, a child diagnosed with impetigo should be excluded from school until 24 hours after the initial treatment with the prescribed ointment. Any lesions must be covered with a bandage during school.
This is obviously not an all-inclusive listing of illnesses. Keep in mind that a run-of-the-mill cold or stuffiness from allergies should not be a reason to miss school. But you know your child better than anyone else - if your child is not "acting right" or seems out of sorts, use your best judgment as to the need to remain home from school.
CAN MY CHILD BE GIVEN OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATION?
Yes, but ONLY with your approval. At the beginning of the school year, Hartville Elementary students brought home a page called "Parent's Request for Administration of Non-Prescription Medication" and Lake Elementary students brought home blue cards for parents to fill out and sign. A SMALL BOTTLE OF NON-PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION IS TO BE SENT IN WITH THE PERMISSION PAPER/CARD and will be kept in the clinic for your child's use as needed.
WHAT ABOUT PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS? WILL SOMEONE MAKE SURE MY CHILD TAKES IT AS PRESCRIBED?
If your child is taking a prescribed medication, please send it in to the school clinic in the original bottle that has your child's name clearly shown on the label. Also, please include a detailed note of the dosage required and at what time of the day the medication will need to be taken. Also, please indicate if the medication should be sent home with the student that day or kept in clinic.
NOTES FROM MRS. GALADA IN THE HEALTH CLINIC
JUST A REMINDER ABOUT ABSENCES: If your child is going to be absent, you need to contact the school and report their absence. We have added some options to make it more convenient. You can call the school office at any time - HARTVILLE ELEMENTARY (330) 877-4278. If you call before or after school, follow the prompts on the answering machine to leave a message for me (ext. 5309). You can also go to the Lake Local School website and go to Hartville Elementary webpage. Choose “Offices” then “Attendance” and you will find an e-mail absence-reporting sheet. Simply fill out and submit. We also need a note sent in after your child returns to school.
EXTRA CLOTHES: It would be a good idea to send in an extra set of clothes for your child to keep in their locker or cubby. We get spills in the cafeteria, mud from the playground, etc. I keep a supply of extra clothes in the clinic for emergencies. If you would like to donate clothes your child has outgrown, please let me know.
EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS: Please remember to let us know if you get a new home or cell number. We use the phone numbers you supplied on the emergency medical form at the beginning of the year when trying to reach you. Little ones can’t always remember new numbers – thanks!
KNOW WHEN TO SAY NO TO ANTIBIOTICS
Bacteria continue to change and grow into “superbugs” that do not respond to antibiotics, leading to a growing antibiotic resistance problem.
ANTIBIOTICS ARE NOT APPROPRIATE FOR:
• The common cold
• Sore throat (unless you have a positive strep test)
• Bronchitis or cough
• Runny nose
• Fluid in the middle ear (otitis media)
ANTIBIOTICS ARE APPROPRIATE FOR:
• Urinary tract infections
• Strep throat (after a positive strep test)
• Other bacterial infections diagnosed by a physician
Source: Centers of Diseases control and prevention website 8/28/07