Welcome to the MJE Clinic
Sarah Wright, RN
Guidelines for Sick Kids
In order to provide a healthy environment, Mt. Juliet Elementary encourages parents to follow these guidelines when your child is ill. These are for your child’s protection, as well as the protection of other children in the classroom. If your child exhibits any symptoms from the following contagious conditions, please keep him/her at home. If a child is brought to school and begins to show signs of any of these contagious conditions, a parent or guardian will be called to come pick up the child.
Please note that we understand your dedication to your job and we understand your students’ dedication to school, however, when you send your child to school sick that means everyone around them is at risk for coming into contact with their germs, virus and/or contagious disease.
CURRENT PHONE NUMBERS: If your child gets sick at school, we will call you. If you cannot be reached, someone on your emergency list will be called. Please be sure that all phone numbers are current.
Students will be sent home for any of the following conditions, unless a health professional determines the child’s condition does not require exclusion:
- Appears to be severely ill. (i.e. pale, sweaty, lethargic, excessive pain in an area of their body.)
- Temperature of 100° Fahrenheit or higher (out for 24 hours after temp is normal without fever reducing medication.)
- Active infectious drainage from any part on their body (i.e. wounds, spider bites, ears, eyes, etc.) Wound must be covered and not draining before return to school.
- Vomiting/Diarrhea (out for 24 hours after vomiting/diarrhea has stopped.)
- Abdominal pain that continues for more than 2 hours.
- Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye): may return after treatment has started and are able to participate in activities. Other forms do not need to be excluded, such as those caused by allergies.
- Impetigo: Exclude until 24 hours after treatment has begun.
- Pediculosis (Head Lice): see lice policy.
- Rash: Exclude until 24 hours after treatment has begun, or a medical professional has determined that it is not contagious.
- Scabies: excluded until 24 hours after treatment is begun.
- Streptococcal pharyngitis (Strep Throat): excluded until 24 hours after treatment has been begun and fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.
In addition, you will be called if your child has an illness that prevents them from participating comfortably in activities as determined by staff, or if they require more care than the staff can give, which may result in compromising care for other children.
Wilson County School policy for medication dispensing at school is as follows:
- If the medication is a prescription or herbal
medication, the physician must fill out the Physician Form for Medication
and/or Procedure (Physician Form). Both
the physician and parent/legal guardian must sign the form. This must be at school before medication will
be accepted. A new Physician Form is
required each school year.
- If an over-the-counter medication is necessary at school, the parent/legal
guardian must fill out and sign the Consent for the Over-The-Counter
- The Release of Information is included with
the Physician form for prescription medication and the Over-The-Counter
- The parent/legal guardian or adult designee
must bring the medication to school. The parents are not to send medications to
school with a student. Prescription
medication must be in a properly labeled pharmacy bottle, which the pharmacist
will provide. The label on the
medication bottle must match the physician’s order. The empty medication bottle will be sent home
with the student, but the parent/legal guardian is required to bring the
medication to school. Over-the-counter
medication i.e cough drops, Tylenol, Midol, Benadryl, creams, etc. must be
brought to school by the parent in the original,
unopened container with the student’s name written on the bottle. Students must be able to measure their liquid
- The parent/legal guardian is responsible for
providing the exact dosage ordered by the physician (i.e. cutting pill, if
needed and providing a measuring device for liquid medications).
- The parent/legal guardian and medication
designee must count the medication and verify the count by signing on the back
of the Medication Record.
- All medication will be kept in a secure,
locked area except: inhalers, epi-pens, glucometers and insulin, which are
allowed to stay with the students after the Physician Form is filled out and
brought to school.
- If the medication is changed or discontinued
at school, an order from the physician must be provided.