School Clinic Corner

Should My Child Stay Home from School 

No, if he/she has… 
• Vague complaints of aches, pains or fatigue 
• Sniffles or a mild cough without a fever (100.4°F or higher) 
• A single episode of diarrhea or vomiting without other symptoms 

Yes, if he/she has
• A temperature of 100.4°F or higher. 
 Keep them home until fever-free for 24 hours without medicine. Never give aspirin to a  child under 19 years. 
• When your own judgment tells you that your child is not well. If you suspect your child      may be ill, delay sending them to school until you have had enough time to observe their  behavior and feel certain that they are well enough to be in school.
• Your child has been diagnosed with a contagious illness and has not yet received  medication for a minimum of 24 hours, or until your doctor tells you your child is no l  longer contagious.
• A red eye with white or yellow discharge or matted eyelids after sleep
• An earache
• Constant, thick nasal discharge 
• A sore throat, so bad that your child will not eat or drink
• A persistent productive cough or wheezing
• More than one episode of diarrhea or vomiting
• An undiagnosed rash or spot 
• Chicken Pox. Your child may return when all of the blisters are scabbed over and dry. 
• Extreme fatigue
• A lot of pain for some reason (for example, a new injury) 
• Head Lice. Your child may not return until treated and all nits are removed and checked  by the school nurse. 

Sharon F. Jones, 
School Nurse Machen Elementary School

Due to the new Nutritional Guidelines and Wellness Policy, only non-food items are allowed 
for birthday and other celebrations. 

Hampton City Schools Food and Beverage Guidelines for Celebrations/Recognitions

Welcome Back to School 

Dear Machen Parent, 

Parents and students, I am happy to welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year and so excited to be your school nurse again this year. I look forward to partnering with you to take care of your child’s health needs. Our goal is to assist you and your child in staying healthy in order to achieve academic success. As a school nurse, I assess your child’s health and make recommendations based upon each individual. My door is always open to you to discuss any concerns that you may have. Please refer to the following health information to help make this a successful year and feel free to contact me at 727-2904. 

1. Emergency Card 
It is extremely important that the emergency cards are completed and returned to school. Please update changes to contacts, addresses, phone numbers (home, work, cell, etc.), as they occur throughout the school year. 

2. Medication(s) 
If your child is on medication, it is recommended that arrangements be made with the prescribing doctor so that the medicine may be taken before or after school hours. If this is not possible, please see the Rights and Responsibility Handbook regarding medication. All medication (including over-the-counter) requires an order from a licensed physician. The physician must complete the proper medication permission form(s). 

Medication must be brought to the school clinic in properly labeled, pharmacy issued bottle by a parent or guardian. If the parent or guardian is unable to bring the medication to school or retrieve such medication by the last student day of the year, another adult may be designated by the parent/guardian via phone or in writing to transport the medication. For this purpose, an adult is defined as someone 18 years of age or older.

 It is the responsibility of the parent to provide refills as necessary throughout the school year and to pick up all unused medication at the end of the school year. Medication that is not picked up will be discarded. The appropriate medication forms can be obtained from the office, clinic or at: 

3. Screenings 
Routine health screenings are conducted throughout the school year for students new to HCS, (including kindergarten and third). These screenings include gross and fine motor skills (grades K-3 only), vision, hearing, as well as height and weight that may be used to figure body mass index (BMI). In addition, informational sheets on scoliosis have been distributed to all students in grades five through ten. Parents who do not want their child to participate in these routine screenings must send written notification to the school nurse within the first ten days of the school year or within ten days of enrolling in school.

 4. Food Allergies
If your child has allergies to certain foods, a doctor’s note is required by the cafeteria staff in order to make accommodations. A Special Dietary Request Form can be obtained from the school nurse or at 

5. Head Lice 
Lice more often present itself in elementary school though your child can catch it at any age. It needs to be stressed that lice has nothing to do with how clean you are, what type of home you have, or the location of your home. Any child can catch lice. Please remind your child not to wear other student’s hats or coats and not to use each other’s comb and brushes. Girls with long hair may want to keep it up in a ponytail, especially in the fall and spring.

 A child found to have eggs (nits) or live lice will be sent home and instruction provided on recommended treatment and school protocol. Upon returning to school, parents must bring the child to the school nurse to recheck the student’s hair. The bed sheets, blankets, pillows, and the entire home environment should be treated as well. If you, the parent, find head lice in your child’s hair, please inform me so I can assist you in the process. 

6. Illness 
To prevent the spread of illness, do not send your child to school if he/she is sick or has a fever of 100.4 or greater. Your child needs to be fever free for 24 hours (without fever reducing medicine such as tylenol or motrin) before returning to school. Please notify the school if your child is absent due to illness. 

7. Crutches/Wheelchairs 
If your child requires the use of crutches, a wheelchair, a cane or a walker, an order MUST be obtained from a healthcare provider stating the reason for use, duration (length) of use (with dates), ability to use stairs, activity restrictions and any special instructions.

All necessary plans will be made to accommodate the student during the duration of use such as, a pass to leave classes early, permission to use the elevator, need for help with books, etc.

 Again, I am excited for this school year and look forward to working with you and our students. For any questions or concerns, please fell free to contact me any time at


Mrs. Sharon F. Jones, 
MSA, BS, RN School Nurse Machen Elementary School