• Newport School District | Newport Elementary/Middle/High School

    Office of the School Nurse

    Telephone (717) 567-2533 | Fax (717) 567-9485

    Forrest Weyandt, RN, BSN | Natasha Dessin, LPN

    Condition

    Is your child too sick for school?

    Should your child see a doctor?

    How long should they stay home?

    Mild Cough/Runny

    Nose

    No

    If no fever

    Yes

    If fever develops

    Not necessary

    Mild Sore Throat

    No

    If no fever

     

    Yes

    If a fever develops

    Not necessary

    Bad Cough*

    Maybe

    If your child has a fever, if the cough is productive, or if the cough isn’t suppressed with standard treatment including cough drops or suppressants

    Yes

    If the cough does not improve, worsens, or fever develops.

    Until fever subsides, and cough is manageable with standard treatment

    Persistent diarrhea/vomiting*

    Yes

    Yes

    If fever is present or they are experiencing symptoms for >24 hours

    Stay home for 24 hours after last episode

    Fever > 100.4*

    Yes

    Yes

    If fever is persistently high with medication

    Until fever free for 24 hours without medication

    Severe Sore Throat*

    Yes

    Yes

    If complaints are severe and/or child has a fever

    Per physician’s discretion or until student’s discomfort is manageable.

    Earache

    No

    Yes

    If fever also present

    Per physician discretion

    Pink Eye*:

    Itchy red eye with drainage

     

    Yes

    Yes

    If diagnosed bacterial conjunctivitis, 24 hours after initiation of treatment.

    Headlice

    No

    No

    OTC treatments are available. Additional resources also available through your physician.

    If the school nurse identifies live lice, she will notify the parent. The child is to be treated appropriately. Child will then be reexamined upon the next school day. As long as no live lice are present student may remain in school.

    Impetigo*

    Yes

    Yes.

    Impetigo is a common bacterial infection of the skin. Mild cases may clear on their own, however often need prescription treatment.

    24 hours after the initiation of treatment

    Fifth Disease

    No

    Yes

    If symptoms warrant

    Fever free for 24 hours

    Hand Foot Mouth Disease*

    Yes

    If open draining blisters and/or has fever

    Yes

    Physician discretion with an appropriate excuse.

    Influenza A or B* (headache, fever, sore throat, cough, body

    aches, chills)

    Yes

    Yes

    Physician discretion with an appropriate excuse.

    Poison Ivy

    No

    Maybe

    Parental discretion depending on severity of symptoms

    Student is able to be at school with poison ivy, we just recommend that open weeping

    areas are covered.

    Ringworm*

    Yes

    Yes

    Treatment is needed

    24 hours after initiation of treatment.

     

    *Exclusion Rules:

    • During the School Day: If the school nurse notices 2 or more symptoms of any of the above, the nurse will contact the parent requesting that the student is picked up from school.
    • At Home: If you notice any symptoms of the above-mentioned conditions, please keep your child home and treat as appropriate.