Should I keep my child home from school because of illness?
In order for your child to be available for learning and to control communicable disease in school, it is very important for you to keep your child at home when he or she displays any of the following:
- a temperature of 100 degrees or more - Your child should remain at home in bed for the day and should be fever free for 24 hours (without the aid of Tylenol or Motrin) before returning to school.
- a diagnosed strep infection - Your child should be on antibiotic for 24 hours before returning to school.
- vomiting during the night or morning.
- persistent diarrhea during the night or morning.
- a moist productive cough, chest congestion, or discolored nasal discharge.
- red swollen eyes that itch and are draining pus (woke up with eyes glued shut which could be a sign of conjunctivitis also known as "Pink Eye")
If your child has been diagnosed with a communicable illness, contact the school nurse to discuss when your child should return to school. Examples include, but are not limited to, chicken pox, impetigo, scabies, hepatitis, lice, and ringworm. Students who are absent for more than three days due to illness, need a medical doctor's consent form signed and dropped off at the health office upon returning to school. What if my child should get sick at school?
When it is determined that a student should be sent home as a result of illness or injury, a parent/guardian who has legal custody will be notified and asked to come pick up the child from school. The student can be released to someone other than the parent if that person has been designated on the emergency card by the parent and if not on the card by verbal permission over the phone.
Please inform the Health Office of any change in phone numbers for work or home or an added cell phone or pager to assist us in being able to reach you in a timely manner. Please do not give a phone number that is strictly a message machine, we need to be able to speak with someone who can reach you quickly.
How do I know if my child has head lice?
Every year in the United States between 8-12 million children get head lice. Yes, even our children can get head lice! Getting head lice can happen to any child, and it is nothing to panic over or be embarrassed about. The more you know, the better prepared you will be to deal with it. Lice cannot fly or jump from one person to the next. They can only crawl and be passed around on shared combs, brushes, hats, coat collars, or through direct head-to-head contact.
Lice are tiny bugs that live on the human scalp. The eggs they lay are called nits. The most common symptom of lice infestation is itching. If you notice your child scratching their head often, especially behind their ears or at the nape of their neck, you should check for head lice and nits or eggs. The eggs are found on the hair shaft, close to the scalp. They are small, translucent, and do not flake off.
To treat a head lice infestation, you must use a product formulated to kill lice and their eggs. The nits must be removed manually from the hair. It is important not to over use the lice removal medication, You should also contact your school nurse if someone in your family has been infested with lice. Bologna has a "No Nit" policy; you need to bring your child to the Health Office to be checked, and if nits are found you will need to take your child home and comb or work at removing the nits. Please remember, that once you treat your child for head lice, the entire process of removing the lice and nits should take no longer than a day.
What if my child needs to be excused from physical education because of an injury or health problem?
A verbal request from a parent/guardian may excuse the student from physical education for one day. A parent/guardian's note may excuse a student from physical education for up to one week. The nurse must be informed so that it may be determined if the student is to be excused from recess or other school activities.
For an excuse in excess of one week, a note is required from a physician, nurse practitioner, or chiropractor. The note should also specify the nature of the disability and the length of time the student is to remain out of activity.
If a student is unable to participate in the required physical education program, a physician's statement must be presented annually at the beginning of the school year.
When do the children get their vision and hearing tested?
An immediate concern regarding vision or hearing should be directed to your child's doctor. However, students in grades K, 1, 2, and 6 have hearing screened and grade K have their vision screened during the school year.
All students new to Bologna or the Chandler Unified School District will be screened, as will any student a teacher may have a concern about as well.
If your child fails either the vision or hearing screening, a letter will be sent that will request you to take your child for a doctor to evaluate and send comments to the health office concerning the doctor's recommendation for your child.
What is Bologna's policy regarding the "heat" during the warm months?
During the warmer months, students are encouraged to bring water bottles and wear appropriate clothing to stay cool. Teachers go over with their students, instructions regarding "heat exhaustion and heat stroke." If the temperature exceeds 105 degrees, students will have the option of returning to the classroom during recess times. They are also encouraged to play in shaded areas such as the ramadas or under the covered areas of the playground. Both teachers and playground personnel frequently monitor students during the hotter months as to prevent any types of heat problems that may occur.
In Case of Emergency
In case of an emergency, either illness or injury to your child while at school, it is imperative that we have phone numbers so that we can reach you immediately.
The emergency card that is sent home the first week of school is where we get that information. Please fill this form out completely and sign at the bottom. Please do not give a phone number that is usually an answering machine. We need to be able to speak to a person who can get a hold of you immediately.
If your child is ill at school, they need to be picked up from school in a timely manner.
Please visit the bulletin board in the breezeway entering Bologna.
This bulletin board displays current information regarding health issues.