Just a few reminders concerning our student medical policies here at MCA:
Please make sure to keep your phone number and emergency contact numbers up-to-date with our office so you, or another responsible adult, can be reached in the event your child needs medical attention. If your child is sick and needs to go home, we ask that you or another adult can arrive within 30 minutes of notification.
Please do not send your child to school if he or she is sick. It is noble to have a good attendance record, but not-so-noble if you are spreading illness to others.
When to keep your child home:
1) Fever is a symptom of sickness, along with earaches, rash, and listlessness. If your child has any of those indications, they may be contagious to others. Please keep your child home if they have a fever, AND they need to be fever-free for 24 hours (without medication to keep the fever down) before they can return to school.
2) Vomiting and diarrhea - If you child has repeated episodes of diarrhea or any vomiting, please keep your child out of school until the illness passes.
3) Severe cough or cold - if accompanied by a fever, your child should not attend school. Students should cover their mouth with the bend of their arm when sneezing or coughing to avoid spreading germs. Concerning a runny nose: Remind your child to use a tissue to wipe their nose, throw the tissue away, then immediately use hand sanitizer or wash their hands.
4) Conjunctivitis (pink eye) - is highly contagious. Symptoms are red or pink eyes, eyes itchy or burning, and discharge from the eyes. Please take your child to their pediatrician for drops and wait for their approval to return to school.
If your child needs any type of medication, including cough drops, those should be clearly labeled and turned in to your child's teacher when they come in the building. Frequent hand washing also benefits their immune system. We recommend each student brings their own water bottle rather than using community water fountains. As always, classrooms can use hand sanitizer and kleenex if you would like to make a donation, or if your child uses those resources.
We love our students! Stay healthy so we can enjoy MCA today!
MCA School Nurse