During the yearly enrollment/re-enrollment process parents/guardians provide current health information and consent for each student. Also, the following information from the pediatrician is required to be on file at school before school entry (these forms are not distributed by The Pine School, they must be provided by your pediatrician):
- Up to date and completed FL Certificate of Immunization Form (DH 680)
- The School Health Entry (DH 3040) Physical exam, with the back filled out by the parent.
Please see our Health Forms page for download links to physician authorization for medication order forms for medications to be given at school (especially for as needed medications, asthma, food allergies, diabetes, seizures, etc).
A parent/guardian will be contacted as soon as possible when there is an illness or injury. If a parent/guardian cannot be reached, other parties listed on the Student Health Information Form will be contacted. If no one can be reached, necessary first aid/emergency care will be obtained for the health and well being of the student, complying with the stated parent/guardian authorization on the student’s Student Health Information and Parental Consent Forms.
Many parents ask, "When is my child sick enough to stay home from school?"
This is not always an easy question to answer. We hope that these tips can help you!
A child who is sick will not be able to perform well in school and is likely to spread the illness to other children and staff. Here are some helpful tips when you should not send your child to school if he/she has:
- Fever (100.5 degrees or higher) in the past 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing agent (i.e..,Tylenol, Ibuprofen, DayQuil)
- Vomiting in the past 24 hours
- Diarrhea in the past 24 hours
- Chills, sore throat or earache
- An open or oozing sore: unless it is properly covered with a bandage that will not leak wound drainage while at school
- Strep Throat (must be on antibiotics for at least 24 hours before returning to school)
- Pinkeye (must be on antibiotics eye drops for 24 hours before returning to school)
- Bad cold, with a very runny nose or bad cough, especially if it has kept the child awake at night
- Head lice- until your child has been treated and is nit free. TPS recommends checking your child’s head regularly. Please see here for more information.
- Flu - CDC recommends the single best way to protect against influenza is to get vaccinated each year. Influenza vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older, including child care staff. A Parent's Guide.
There are many other infectious diseases that require a child to remain home from school for a period of time such as chicken pox, mumps and whooping cough (pertussis). Please check with the school first before your child returns to school if he/she has any of these conditions or any other less common infectious disease.
If your child becomes ill at school and the teacher or school nurse feel the child is too sick to benefit from school or is contagious to other children, you will be called to come and take him/her home from school. These guidelines are meant to serve the best interests of all our children and staff at The Pine School. Thank you for everything you do to help us keep your child safe and healthy!
Please feel free to call the Health Clinic if you have any questions or concerns at 772-675-7005.