Healthy children are successful learners. While the care and safekeeping of every student is primarily the responsibility of the parent/guardian, a school nurse is available to assist in the physical, mental, emotional, and social health of students and their success in the learning process.
For minor injuries or illnesses occurring while under school supervision, such as bruises, small lacerations, contusions, stomach aches, headaches, etc. the student may be referred to the school nurse.
The primary duty of the nurse is not the diagnosis of illness or treatment of injuries sustained while a student is at home. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to see that a qualified physician gives this care. Students should not be sent to school with a known illness or injury and then request that the school nurse examine the student and prescribe treatment. Only a licensed physician can legally do this function.
In the event that your child becomes ill or is injured during the school day, the school will take every measure to contact the parent/guardian and send the child home so that he/she may benefit from whatever medical treatment is required as soon as possible. Such emergencies do not present themselves too frequently. However, it has been noted that some children appear ill when they arrive at school. A child who is ill will not be able to learn and may infect others. Parents should check for unusual skin eruptions, fever, persistent cough or sore throat, headache, chills, swollen glands, discharge or redness of eyes, vomiting or diarrhea and seek proper medical attention.