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Important Health Reminders From Our School Nurse


Dear Parents, 

The health and safety of our students is extremely important to the Snoqualmie Valley School District. The health status of a student bears a direct relation to the child's ability to benefit from educational experiences.   

Preventing the spread of illness within the school setting is our best tool to keep the students healthy. In order to accomplish this, we need the help and cooperation of parents. If there is any question about the health status of your child, please make arrangements to keep him/her at home. This preventive step benefits your child and his or her classmates. 

Specific symptoms for which a child should remain at home are:  

FEVER: A child, who has had a fever of 100 degrees F or over, should stay home for at least 24 hours after fever has passed without the use of fever-reducing medications. 

VOMITING: Students who have vomited should remain home for at least 12-24 hours from the last episode and have been hungry for and kept down 2 normal meals. 

DIARRHEA: Students who have loose/liquid stool should remain home until normal bowel patterns return. 

SECRETIONS: Children with significant runny noses and/or profuse cough need to remain home until the secretions have diminished to a controllable/containable level. 

GENERAL ACHES/PAINS: If your child has any physical discomforts (i.e.: stomach ache, headache, sore throat, etc.), carefully assess your child. Your child should stay home if they have any of the above accompanying symptoms or are too uncomfortable to be able to concentrate in class. 

This is a brief sampling of common reasons children should be kept home. There are many more contagious conditions which would merit exclusion. Please use caution when assessing your child's health status in the morning and do not send them if you are uncertain of what is going on with them. If your child is diagnosed by a physician with a contagious condition and has been at school, please notify us for tracking purposes. 

It is important for you to know that under the terms of the school medication law, medications can NOT be at school unless the proper paperwork, including a physician order, is in place. This also applies to over the counter medications. 

Our first concern is for the well being of each child. If there are concerns regarding your child's health status please contact your school nurse. Thank you for supporting our efforts to keep all our children healthy! 

Carol Gunning, RN, BSN

School Nurse

Opstad Elementary & Timber Ridge Elementary Schools