Howe ISD Health Policies
Any child who has a fever must remain out of school until they have gone 24 hours without fever on their own. This means they have not been given Tylenol, Advil, or other fever reducing medicines to keep the fever down. A fever is a temperature over 99.9.
A child who has vomited or had diarrhea must stay out of school for 24 hours as well.
If your child is diagnosed with strep throat, they must remain out of school until they are fever free for 24 hours AND have had 24 hours of antibiotic treatment.
If your child has the flu, they can be contagious for up to 5 days. Please keep them home until they are feeling well enough to remain in class for the whole day. Consult your physician for the appropriate amount of time that your child should remain at home.
A student with a rash or skin condition that is draining or has pustules must have a doctor’s note to be in class until the rash has healed or is no longer draining.
If your child goes home for illness, they may not return later in the day for parties, recognitions, or other school activities. A child who isn’t well enough for classroom instruction needs to remain home from other events as well.
Any child who misses 3 or more days of school due to illness needs a doctor’s note indicating why they were out of school.
Medications at School
A student may have medications administered to him/her by the school nurse under the following conditions:
1. An over-the-counter medication is brought to the school in its original bottle by the parent or guardian and presented to the nurse or office personnel with specific instructions for its use.
2. A prescription medication is brought to the school in its original container with the pharmacy label and instructions clearly legible and presented to the nurse or office personnel.
A medication administration record will be kept showing when the medication was given.
Special Health Conditions
If your child has special health concerns, please feel free to contact the school nurse to discuss them or develop a treatment plan. It is important that school personnel be aware of allergies, asthma, seizures or other conditions that could present themselves while your child is attending school.
Thank you for your cooperation in keeping ALL of our student and staff healthy.