An un-staffed Health Room is available to Renaissance students should a health issue necessitate leaving the classroom. Students must sign in and out with the school secretary, identify the health concern, and either return to class within 20 minutes, or be picked up by a parent/guardian. A student must be picked up if he/she has a fever or vomiting. Please make sure your child’s emergency contacts are up to date in the event she/he needs to go home and you are not available.
If a student needs to take any prescription or over-the-counter medications during school hours, a staff member must administer it. The school must have a written authorization form on file, signed by a parent/guardian and the prescribing physician or dentist. A parent may not call in, or send a note, authorizing use of medication, but may come to the school and administer it personally. An additional form is required if the student will carry the medication her/himself. This is generally limited to epi-pens and asthma inhalers. These forms are available from the Renaissance School office, and must be filled out each school year. Medications are kept in a locked drawer in the school office, next to the Health Room. It must be in the original pharmacy or manufacturer’s container and labeled with the following information:
- Name of student
- Name of medication
- Dosage, mode and time of administration
- Name of physician prescribing medication
Too Sick for School?
When to keep your sick child home from school
Lake Washington School District works with King County Department of Public Health to help protect children from spreading communicable diseases. Keeping children home when they are too sick for school protects other students and staff from potential illness.
Symptoms that child is too sick for school
If your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep him/her home, or make appropriate child care arrangements. It will be necessary to pick your student up from school as soon as possible if he/she shows any of the following symptoms at school:
- Fever: temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Child must not have a fever for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Vomiting: child should not return to school for 24 hours following the last episode of vomiting
- Lice, scabies: Children may not return to school until they have been treated and no live lice are present. Children with scabies can be admitted after treatment.
- Diarrhea: more than one watery stool in a 24 hour period, especially if the child acts or looks ill
- Chronic cough and/or runny nose: continual coughing and greenish nose discharge. Conditions may be contagious and may require treatment from your health care provider.
- Sore throat: especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck
- Rash: body rash, especially with fever or itching
- Ear infection: with fever. Without fever can attend school, but the child may need medical treatment and follow-up. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.
- Eye infection: Eye infection: pink eye (conjunctivitis) or thick mucus or pus draining from eye
- Unusual appearance, behavior: abnormally tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused or irritable. This is sufficient reason to exclude a child from school.