Welcome to the Emerson Health Office!“You cannot educate a child who is not healthy, and you cannot keep a child healthy who is not educated.”Jocelyn Elders, MD Former Surgeon GeneralEmerson School Health Office Staff
Certified School Nurse - Kathryn Dibadj, RN PEL-CSN phone - 630-682-2056 Mon, FriStaff Nurse - Michele Tomlin, RN phone - 630-682-2056 Mon, Tue, Wed, ThuHealth Aide - Kristen Albers phone - 630-682-2056 FriOur Health Office is staffed all day, every day in the event that your child feels ill or has an emergency at school. If you have any questions regarding physical/ immunization requirements or would like to share medical concerns that you have for your child, please contact us at 630-682-2055.
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No Big Deal!
Your child didn’t want to go to school today.
(S)he said (s)he “didn’t feel well.” So you let your child stay home.
No big deal.
It’s very cold outside and you don’t have a car available to drive your child to school. So you let your child stay home.
No big deal.
You usually drive your child to school but your car won’t start today. So you let your child stay home.
No big deal.
Your child frequently arrives a few minutes late for school because of the many things that have to be done as part of the busy morning routine.
No big deal.
Or is it?
What is your child learning from you about the importance of attending school? What would your child learn from you about following through on commitments in the situations just described?
You want your child to be successful in school, in life. Regular attendance is vital to your child’s success in school in the same way that it will be vital to his or her success in a job. Patterns are now being formed in school, in life. What kind of pattern is your child forming? What are you doing to contribute to that pattern? You have the responsibility of ensuring the regular attendance of your child at school.
Why is regular attendance so important?
Because if your child frequently is absent(s)he misses valuable contact with classmates, class instruction and group discussion, even though (s)he may make up written work. Of course, there are some valid reasons for keeping your child home from school.
- significant illness
- family emergency
- observance of
- a religious holiday
- death in the immediate family
- circumstances which cause you concern for the safety or health of your child
But what is ‘significant illness’?
School nurses have come up with some guidelines for you to use in deciding when your child is too ill to be in school.
Keep your child home:
1. If a rash is present that has not beenevaluated by a physician.
2. If your child’s oral temperature exceeds 100 F, or one to two degrees above the child’s normal temperature. A child with such a fever should remain home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal.
3. If the child vomits and continues to experience nausea and/or vomiting.
4. If your child complains of severe, persistent pain, the symptom should be referred to a physician for evaluation.
5. If your child shows signs of upper respiratory infection (cold symptoms) serious enough to interfere with the child’s ability to learn.
6. If there are signs of conjunctivitis “pinkeye” with matter coming from one or both eyes, itching, crusts on eyelids, the child should be evaluated by a physician.
7. If there are open sores that have not been evaluated by a physician.
8. If there are signs of infestation with lice(nits in the hair, itchy scalp) the child should be evaluated for treatment with a pediculicide.
If you are not sure about whether to send your child to school, call the school nurse for consultation. But, generally speaking, don’t send the child to school for the nurse to make the decision unless the school asks you to. If you’re still in doubt, call or visit your child’s physician. But what do you do when your child tells you (s)he “doesn’t feel good” or “doesn’t want to go to school” and you have serious doubts that (s)he is really sick?
Maybe you explain to him/her that there are times when each of us doesn’t feel so great, doesn’t feel quite up to par, but we go to work anyway.
Maybe you point out that sometimes you have to go out there into the world of school or a job or other responsibilities, even if you are not 100% comfortable. You help your child make the distinction between being uncomfortable and being really sick.
Ensuring your child’s regular school attendance is a major way for you to help your child learn how to fulfill one’s responsibility.
No Big Deal?
Yes it is.
Helping your child to succeed is a very big deal. Your school is willing to help If you are having a problem getting your child to attend regularly, call the school.
They have personnel who are able to work with you and help you.
Don’t cover up the real problem by calling your child in “sick” when (s)he really isn’t.
That only increases the problem.
The child who misses school today without a valid reason could become the dropout of the future.
And that could be a big deal. Especially if it’s your child.
Don’t let it happen.
Help is a phone call away.
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**REMINDER** KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL IF:
- The oral temperature exceeds 100 F or 1 to 2 degrees above his/her normal temperature. A child with such fever should remain home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal.
- Your child vomits and continues to experience nausea and/or vomiting.
- Your child shows signs of upper respiratory infection (cold symptoms) serious enough to interfere with his/her ability to learn.
- Your child has a rash or open sores that have not been evaluated by a physician.
- Your child complains of severe persistent pain. You should contact a physician for evaluation.
- Your child has signs of infestation with lice (nits in the hair, itchy scalp) your child should be evaluated for treatment.