Sick/Absent FAQ: This page contains answers to common questions of students and parents.

What are the procedures for medication given at school?

Medications must be kept in the nurse's office, in the orginal labeled container and accompanied by a 
note from the parent/guardian indicating the amount and time to be given.

When should my child stay home from school?

A child SHOULD NOT be sent to school with any of the following conditions:
1. Fever of 100 degrees or above
2. An undiagnosed rash or weeping sore
3. Vomiting or diarrhea
4. Red, discharging eyes
5. Any illness making him/her feel too sick to participate in class

After an illness, when may my child return to school?

Free of fever without tylenol or advil, vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours. Or, when the doctor releases 
the child to return to school.

What are the differences between a cold and the flu?

Fever: With the flu, it is characteristic and comes suddenly; with a cold, it is rare.
Headache: It's a prominent symptom of the flu but rare with a cold.
General aches: With the flu, aches are usual and often severe; with a cold, they're slight.
Fatigue: Extreme with the flu and can last 2-3 weeks; a cold leaves you mildly fatigued.
Runny nose: Sometimes you'll have a runny nose with the flu, but it's common with a cold.
Sore throat: Sometimes it accompanies the flu; it's common with a cold. 
Cough: It is common with the flu and can become severe; a cold brings a mild, hacking cough.

What if my child can't play in PE due to illness/injury?

If you feel your child can't fully participate in PE for 1-3 days, you should write a note explaining the 
reason. This note should be given to the PE COACHES. For a PE exemption that is to last more than 3 
days, a note from the doctor is required and needs to be given to the NURSE.

When is the next free immunization clinic?

Friendswood Fire Station next to City Hall from 9 am - 12 noon. Please be sure to take 
your child's immunization record with you and send a copy to the school nurse after each update.
August 20, 2011

Are there other immunization clinics in the area?

Your doctor's office. (fees vary)
Dickinson (281-337-4043)
Clear Lake Area (281-471-4202) Fees $5.00 - $10.00. Call for information on times/days.