Health and Illness

Please inform the teacher and office if your child has a chronic illness of which we should be aware. Examples: diabetes, history of epilepsy, severe allergies, asthma, etc.

When your child shows signs of an illness at home, please do not send him/her to school. This could cause more inconvenience to parents and possibly exposure to other children. If you need to keep your child home, please call the office by 8:00 a.m. to notify us of your absence.

Here are some guidelines to determine when a child should stay at home:

  • Fever over 100 degrees
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Eye discharge (Conjunctivitis is very contagious)
  • Excessive cough and/or nasal discharge
  • Any unidentified rash
  • Head lice (see the No Nit Policy)

Parents will be notified of any of these symptoms that occur during the school day. Parents will be expected to pick up their child that appears to be too ill to remain at school.

Here are some guidelines to determine when a child can usually return to school after an illness:

  • The child’s temperature has been below 101 degrees for 24 hours without Tylenol/aspirin.
  • The child has been diagnosed as having a bacterial infection and has been on antibiotic for 24 hours.
  • It has been 24 hours since the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea.
  • The nasal discharge is not thick, yellow, or green.
  • Eyes are no longer discharging or the condition has been treated with antibiotic for 24 hours.
  • The rash is gone or a doctor has determined that the rash is not contagious.

We believe it is very important for children to get fresh air and exercise each day. If you feel your child is too ill to go outside, you should keep him/her at home that day. If you feel he/she is well enough to attend school, your child should be prepared to participate in full school programs. This includes gym, recess, and noon hour play periods.

Exceptions:

  • A doctor’s note stating your child should remain in from outside activities, but that he/she is well enough to attend school.
  • A note from you after a child has been injured (broken bone, concussion, sprain) that would limit physical activity.

No Nit Policy

Holt Public Schools has a No Nit Policy. When a child is identified as having lice, he/she is sent home to be treated. He/she may return to school after treatment and removal of all nits. A parent must accompany the child to the office to be checked before returning to the classroom. If nits are present, the child must be sent home and the process repeated until the child returns to school with no nits.

Healthy Snacks

Healthy food choices and physical activity lead to a healthier body and active mind. We are committed to promoting good nutrition and healthy lifestyles. Healthy snack choices for the classroom are no exception. Here is a list of suggested snack choices: fresh fruit and vegetables with dip, yogurt, lowfat popcorn, granola bars, bagels with lowfat cream cheese, pretzels, trail mix, pudding, string cheese, fig cookies, baked chips, cereal, 100% fruit juice.

Medications and Dispensing

The Holt Public Schools policy requires that children who take prescription medicine during the school day may do so only with a doctor’s authorization. If your child requires such medication, a properly completed and signed medication form must be filed in the school office. You must bring it to the school office in its original container. School personnel will administer the appropriate dosage to your child as prescribed by the doctor and keep a record of all medication that has been administered. We urge you to give your child medication before and after school whenever possible. Forms for medication may be obtained from the office.

Non-prescription medication (cough drops, Tylenol, etc.) must be brought to the office in the original container and will only be dispensed with your written permission and according to the written directions.

All medication must be in its original container, clearly indicating the type of medication, dosage, and time to be administered.

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