When should you keep you child home from school?
Please check your child for signs of illness before sending/him/her to school.
To prevent the spread of germs, it is advisable to keep you child home from school if he/she shows any of the following symptoms:
-unusual skin rash
-fever of 99.6 degrees or higher
-severe headache or migraine
-redness or drainage from the eyes
-severe sore throat
-any unusual abdominal or other pain
A child who is ill will not be able to fully learn, may infect other children and will not be happy.
Please do not send your child to the Health Services nurse to examine him/her or to prescribe treatment. Only a Physician, Certified Nurse Practitioner or Physican Assistant outside of the school can diagnose and prescribe treatment of illnesses and injuries.
If you have questions on whether or not to send your child, please contact your child's Certified School Nurse prior to sending him/her to school.
When is a Medical Excuse necessary?
If your child is absent three or more days in a row: According to the Muhlenberg School District's Attendance policy No 204, a medical note from your child's health care provider is required in addition to a parental/guardian absentee excuse (use of the school's "excuse blank" is recommended). These must be submitted to your child's school within 3 days of return to school.
If you child is absent one or two days: a parental/guardian absentee excuse (use of the school's "excuse blank" is recommended). This must be submitted to your child's school within 3 days of return to school.
To avoid excessive absence letters, student who visit a health care provider during any absence should bring a note to school from that provider. This is especially important if your child has been diagnosed with a communicable disease such as chickenpox or pinkeye. If the Health Service nurse suspects your child may have a communicable disease, a medical note or form will be required for return to school per the Pennsylvania state requirements.
A medical provider excuse is also needed if your child cannot participate in physical education class or any other required school activities due to an injury or illness.
A parent or guardian should contact your child's Certified School Nurse for guidance of an illness or injury resulting in an extended absence of 3 days or more.