Health Services

"School nursing, a specialized practice of nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potential." Adopted by the NASN Board of Directors February 2017.

Amy Howard RN BSN NCSN photo

Director of Health Services


Health Rooms

Each school is equipped with a health room. The health room is designed to treat minor injuries and to act as a temporary "waiting station" for children who have become ill during the school day. Should a student become ill, persons designated on the enrollment card will be contacted to pick up the student. It is most important that all telephone numbers be completed on the "Health Information and Emergency Consent" card that parents receive at the beginning of each school year, and be updated immediately if changes occur during the school year.

Should I Keep My Child Home?

The following guidelines should be used to help determine when your child should stay home from school due to illness:

  • According to the Department of State Health Services,  a fever is a temperature of 100° Fahrenheit (37.8° Celsius) or higher. Students are allowed readmission to school when they have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
  • According to the Department of State Health Services, diarrhea is 3 or more episodes of loose stools in a 24 hour period. A student must be diarrhea free for 24 hours without the use of diarrhea suppressing medications before returning to school.
  • According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, vomiting two or more time in a 24 hour period. 
  • Itchy, red eyes with discharge
  • Unknown rash
  • Ringworm of the scalp (until treatment has started)
  • Head lice (until treatment has started)
  • Jaundice

To protect your children at school, students that are assessed with any of the signs and symptoms listed above will be sent home.


Please submit a copy of the immunization record anytime your child receives an immunization so the school nurse can update your child's school immunization record.

For more information on immunizations, please go to the immunization page.

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