Nursing Services

April Elliott

April Elliott, RN, BSN

School Nurse
875-9375
Email April Elliott
ALTON CENTRAL SCHOOL

Notes From The Nurse

Covid 19 Information

This year we are following the CDC's recommendations for handling COVID-19. 

Essentially, if your child has COVID-19 symptoms they SHOULD be tested. 

-If your child has symptoms but tests negative, they should follow the regular guidance for when to return to school after illness listed under when to keep your child home below.

-If your child tests positive they will need to isolate for 5 days from the start of their symptoms or the date of the positive test, whichever was first. That day is counted as day 0. They will remain out of school through day 5. 

-If your child does not have symptoms, but you choose to test them due to exposure, and they test positive, the isolation requirements are the same as above. 

-Once your child returns to school, they SHOULD wear a mask through day 10. Masking is strongly encouraged. Where masking is concerned, it is important to remember that everyone’s situation is different and people may choose to mask or not mask for many different reasons. Please encourage your child to be supportive of their classmates and their decision regarding masking. 

You can find more information about COVID-19 by clicking here to access the CDC website.

Click here to sign up to receive free COVID-19 tests in the mail

When to Keep Your Sick Child Home From School

It is important for children to attend school but there are times when an absence due to illness is
necessary. Keeping your child home when they are sick gives their body time to rest, 
recover, and protects other students and staff from potential illness. If your child has any of the
following symptoms, please keep him/her home.
* Fever - temperature of 100 degrees or higher. Your child must be fever free for 24 hours
without the use of fever-reducing medications before they may return to school
* Vomiting - your child may not return to school for 24 hours following the last episode of
vomiting
* Diarrhea - while a single occurrence of diarrhea may simply be the result of an aggravated
belly, more than one episode may indicate illness. In this case, your child should not return to
school for 24 hours following the last occurrence of diarrhea.
* Cold/Cough - if your child has heavy cold symptoms such as, severe sinus congestion,
significant lack of energy, and/or, a deep or uncontrollable cough, they should remain at home to
rest.

Medication Administration

  • All students receiving medication in school (prescription and over the counter) must have written parental permission. In addition, a doctor's written order is required for medications which will/may be given for the entire school year, for a long term (more than 10 doses), or for medications for which the nurse deems a doctor's order necessary.

  • All medicines must be in the original, pharmacy labeled container - baggies will NOT be accepted. A parent or responsible adult must drop-off and pick-up the medicine.

  • Students are NOT allowed to carry medicine to school on the bus or during school in their possession (backpack, purse, locker, etc.) Exceptions are for inhalers, Epi-pens or other emergency medications - providing that prior arrangement has been made with the nurse.