When Should my Child Stay Home?
Flagstaff Academy follows the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Guidelines for School Settings Infectious Disease in School Settings and the advice of our licensed nurse consultant. Children must be kept at home for 24 hours after any episode of vomiting, diarrhea, or a fever of 100°F or higher. Students who return to school prior to this 24hours timeline will be sent home. Please keep your child home for the full 24 hours to ensure they recover from their illness fully, and to protect them, staff, and other students from contracting illnesses. Students sent to school too soon run the risk of a relapse, an extended illness, or a new illness.
For those students who plan to be absent from school for one or more days for reasons other than normal illness parents should fill out our planned absence form. This form is to be used for full day absences only.
No medication (over the counter or prescription) may be taken at school without written permission from parent and physician. All medications, as well as directions for storage, are stored and administered in the health office. A medication certified staff member administers all medication. Directions and authorization must be signed by both the parent and the physician. All medicines are stored in a locked cabinet or refrigerator in the health room. Written authorization from a parent and physician with prescribed dosages is also required for the use of nonprescription drugs.
Children required to take medication during the school day are sent to the health office. Teachers cannot hold or administer medication. Exceptional medicines may be carried on a child with signed authorization by a physician and written permission from the parent. Cough drops, lip balm, and some sunscreens are considered a medication and will be treated as such by Flagstaff Academy personnel.
Short Term Illness
When children experience a short term illness and a midday dose is medically necessary, the parent or caregiver may come to school at lunchtime with the appropriate amount. If this is not possible, the physician and parent must complete and sign the Physician’s Medication Instruction form.
Maintenance and emergency medications must be accompanied by a completed Physician’s Medication Form. For children who may suffer a life threatening reaction to various foods or insect stings, the school should be provided with necessary medication and a current health care plan. It is the parent’s responsibility to be sure that all medications stored at the school do not expire.
Parents will be notified and students will be sent home from school if they have any of the above conditions and/or a temperature of 100.1 degrees Fahrenheit or greater.