When should my child stay home from school? When will my child be sent home from school?

It is somethimes hard to decide whether to send your chld to school when he or she doesn't feel well. While we feel that good attendance in school is important to your child's success here at Riverside we also feel that your child should be in a state of health that allows your child to be a student, to focus and participate in educational activities. Therefore if your child states " I don't feel well, I feel sick, I don't want to go to school today," please take note and look at your child in this light. The following guidelines do not cover every medical condition and does not take the place of seeking medical attention. Please do not  send your child into school to be diagnosed. Please consult your doctor for specific medical advice. Children who have the following symptoms should stay home and not come to school until these symptoms have been gone for at least 24 hours without the help of medication or until your doctor sends a note that states the condition is not contagious and your child is okay to come back to school.

1.  Fever of 100 degrees or greater.  Sending your child to school with a fever not only doesn't feel well for your child but also may expose other children to the illness.

2.  Vomiting/diarrhea - these symptoms may be due to many things. Until we know that these are not signs of an illness, such as a stomach virus, your child should be kept home. If they are experiencing frequent diarrheal stools your chld will be more comfortable in their home. Your child should be eating a regular diet before returning to school.

3.  Very bad cough, cold or sorethroat. While a child may not have a fever with these symptoms, the parent should ask themself if the child's respiratory illness will interfere with their learning and if the child will be better served by resting at home for the day.

4.  Positive throat culture for Strep infection - the student must be on antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school. Please call the Health Office if your child is diagnosed with Strep Throat.

5.  Rash - a rash may cover the entire body or only one area. A child that has a rash that is draining, has an open area or is causing the child to itch excessively should stay home and/or be evaluated by their physician. ALL open lesions must be covered.

6.  Other communicable diseases: please see section on Communicable Disease.

If your child stays home please remember to call the absentee hotline. This will prevent worry about the safety of your child.

When can my child return after he/she has been sick?
We have a 24-Hour Rule:   Students who have a fever of 100 F degrees or higher, vomiting or diarrhea should be kept home until the fever, vomiting and/or diarrhea have subsided for a minimum of 24 hours.  Students who have been placed on an antibiotic by a physician may return to school 24 hours after the medication is started if they are feeling well.  All students with a rash must have a doctor's note to enter or return to school.
What if my child requires medication during the school day?

Prescription and/or over the counter medications can only be dispensed in the nurse's office and must be accompanied by doctor's order. The parent's permission is a required part of the medication form.  A new medication form is required each school year.  The medication must be in a prescription bottle or the original bottle.
  • Students are not allowed to bring in or take over-the-counter medication without the proper medication form, and physician signature.
  • Parents/guardians must bring all medications to the nurse's office.  
  • Parents should contact the nurse's office with regard to medication procedures. 

When is a child allowed to not participate in physical education class or recess period?
Every student is expected to participate in the physical education program and recess period.  Exemptions from physical education and recess activity may be granted for up to one week  at the written request of the parent or guardian.  A physician note must accompany exemptions that extend beyond one week.  If an injury has been sustained, that requires crutches, a cast, splinting or any other supportive device, please have your child report to the health office upon return to school.  A doctor's note explaining the nature of the injury and necessary restrictions is required, a physicians note must also state when the child is cleared to fully participate in physical education and recess activity.

My child has Lice.  What can I do?
The school district will follow the State and County Health Department guidelines regarding the treatment for lice.  Any time a student shows evidence of head lice, either with the presence of live lice or the presence of new nits, the student will be excluded from school until treatment is complete. Parents will be provided with information that indicates proper treatment and also what needs to be done in the home. Upon re-admission, the student will be seen by the nurse to determine whether treatment has been given.

If the student returns to school with evidence of treatment the student will be allowed to re-enter school.

Be proactive:  Check your child's head and hair on a regular basis.  Symptoms would include frequent scratching or complaints of itching.