Illness and Emergency
Healthy Haven
 
Illness and Emergency Information

Barbara Steel, RN BSN
Sonoma Ranch Elementary
barbara.steel@gilbertschools.net
 
ILLNESS AND EMERGENCY
School is no place for a sick child. Please do not send your child to school if he/she has diarrhea, vomiting, a fever, rash, deep cough, or a communicable disease such as chickenpox, strep throat, pink eye or lice. You will be notified if your child becomes ill enough to be sent home from school, sustains more than a minor injury, or has an emergency. It is the parent’s responsibility to make arrangements to pick up an ill or injured child as promptly as possible. We suggest that you have someone listed on your emergency card in case you are not available or can not leave work. Any student having any of the following will need to be sent home: vomiting, having two bouts of diarrhea, evidence of possible pink eye, a rash, or with a temperature of 101.0 degrees. A parent or guardian must pick these students up promptly.

Children are not permitted to walk home when ill or injured per District policy. If a child is sent home with fever, diarrhea or vomiting they are not to come to school the following day. Twenty-four hours of being “symptom free” would not be possible by the following day. Children must be fever free (without medication) for 24 hours prior to returning to school also.

Health offices are staffed by Registered Nurses and health assistants. The health office staff is available to assist students with illness and accidents that occur at school. Parents are requested to notify the Health Office if a student has a health problem.
 
EMERGENCY MEDICAL INFORMATION
It is imperative that you notify the school nurse if your child has a medical condition such as diabetes, seizure disorder, asthma, heart disease, allergies (food and environmental), or any other type of physical/emotional/mental disability. This will help Health Services and the school’s staff to better meet the needs of your child. This information should also be placed on the emergency card. These cards are used to contact a child’s parent/guardian in case of illness or injury. Please return these cards filled out in the Fall as soon as possible. Don’t forget to make the Health Office aware of any changes in the home, employment or emergency numbers you may have.

CRUTCHES, WHEELCHAIRS, ASSISTIVE WALKING DEVICES:

Any student who medically requires short term use of crutches, a wheelchair, or another assistive walking device from an accident or injury must have signed permission from a medical doctor within 72 hours of their return to school. Please contact your child's health office staff for clarification if needed.  
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