Parents Need to Know
Head Lice - Students diagnosed with live head lice do not need to be sent home early from school; they can go home at the end of the day, be treated, and return to class after appropriate treatment has begun. Nits may persist after treatment, but successful treatment should kill crawling lice. For more information please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/schools.html.
Concussions – A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury – or TBI – caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells. For more information, including signs and symptoms and when to seek immediate medical attention, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/symptoms.html.
Exclusion from school due to illness - Students and staff who exhibit the following signs and/or symptoms should be excluded until symptom-free or a licensed care provider submits a note of non-contagious status:
- Fever of 100 F or more during the school day, that persists or increases, or if the nurse's professional judgement warrants.
- Any student excused with a temperature of 100F or more must remain at home until the temperature is normal for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.
- Any undiagnosed rash accompanied by fever or weeping lesions.
- Any untreated or suspected cases of conjunctivitis (with thick white or yellow discharge).
- Any cases of untreated Impetigo or scabies
- Vomiting accompanied by fever and/or nausea
- Diarrhea - more than twice
- Communicable diseases such as influenza, chicken pox, pertussis, measles, mumps
- Tinea Capitis (ringworm of the scalp) - Student must be treated with oral medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school. Need note from clinic/physician when returns.
Vision Program - Schools and parents share in the responsibility for providing eye health during the school years. Students in grades kindergarten, first, third, fifth, all students new to the district and students with IEPs and/or 504s will receive a vision screening. For more information regarding guidelines for vision screening in Missouri schools please visit http://health.mo.gov/living/families/schoolhealth/pdf/VisionScreeningGuidelines.pdf.
Hearing Program - Students in grades kindergarten, first, third, fifth, sixth, all students new to the district, all IEP/504 students at time of re-evaluation, referrals by teachers or parent, and students with loss are screened annually. For more information regarding guidelines for hearing screening in the school setting please visit http://health.mo.gov/living/families/schoolhealth/pdf/HearingScreeningGuidelines.pdf.