Illness with Students and Staff
We are asking for your help in keeping our classroom a healthy place for all our students and staff. Many common illnesses are spread from person to person through casual contact. Our staff and children work and play very closely together and can easily spread germs.
Rationale for keeping an ill child at home:
- Some of our children may have physical conditions that make even common illnesses dangerous to their health.
- Many common illnesses that children get can be spread from person to person. Some of these illnesses can be life threatening, especially for people with chronic diseases such as cancer.
If your child gets- or is exposed-to one of the illnesses listed below, please report this to the school office as soon as possible.
Please see the attached flier about when to keep your child home (and when it’s OK for them to return to school). In addition, there are some illnesses that can be very contagious and/or dangerous. If you suspect your child has one of these (or has been exposed-this includes family members, other kids at day care, etc). DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL:
- Chicken pox
- Fifth’s disease
- Rubella (German measles)
- Active TB (tuberculosis)
If you have questions about whether or not to send your child, you can call your child’s doctor, Bethel Health Center or the School District Nurse.
If we have concerns about your child’s health, we will send your child home.
If we can’t reach you, we will use the emergency contact numbers, so please make sure we have updated contact information.
Thank you for your help keeping all of us healthy and safe!
The Bethel Health Center is a full service medical clinic located at 1525 Echo Hollow Rd Suite A (Cascade Middle School)
Open Mon-Thurs during the school year. Call for appointment 541-607-1430
WHEN SHOULD I KEEP MY CHILD HOME?
|STUDENT MAY RETURN TO SCHOOL
|1. FEVER GREATER THAN 100°||1. Temperature below 100° (orally) for a minimum of 24 hours without use of a fever- reducing medication.|
|2. Rash or rash with fever-new of sudden onset.||2. Rash disappears. Written or phone consent* from M.D. to school nurse.|
|3. Brown, gray, tan or yellow drainage from nose, eyes, or any other part of the body.||3. Discharge must be gone or student must have been on antibiotics for 24 hours and have written or phone consent* form MD to school nurse.|
|4. Vomiting||4. Symptom-free for 24 hours.|
|5. Diarrhea||5. Symptom-free for 24 hours.|
|6. Cough: Deep, barking, congested, or productive of colored mucous.||6. Symptom-free of student must have been on antibiotics for 24 hours and have written or phone consent from M.D. to school nurse.*|
|7. White, clay colored, or bloody stool.||7. Symptom-free or written/phone consent from M.D. to school nurse*|
|8. Yellow color of skin and/ or eyes||8. Symptom-free or written/phone consent from M.D. to school nurse*|
|9. Brown or bloody urine||9. Symptom-free or written/phone consent from M.D. to school nurse*|
|10. Stiff neck or headache with fever.||10. Symptom-free or written/phone consent from M.D. to school nurse*|
|11. Unusually sleepy, lethargic or grumpy||11. Symptom-free|
|12. Strep throat diagnosed by M. D.||12. Must have been on antibiotics for 24 hours and have written/phone consent* from M.D. to school nurse. If no antibiotics given, call school nurse before sending child to school|
|13. After an illness of two or more weeks, surgery, or other change in health status.||13. Written instructions from the doctor and parent regarding medication or special health needs must be provided to the school nurse.|
Halloween is coming soon and to ensure your kids safety this holiday, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has put together these tips:
All Dressed Up:
Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement, or contact with flame.
Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
Carving a Niche:
Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers. Then parents can do the cutting.
Home Safe Home:
To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes, and lawn decorations.
Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.
On the Trick-or-Treat Trail:
A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
These are just a few of the tips that AAP offers. Please visit http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/octhalloween.htm for the entire list.
Cough Medicine Reminder
Parents, please be aware that our school medication policy includes such things as cough drops and cough/cold medicines.
Over the counter (OTC) medications also require a completed medication form and a parent signature with specific dispensing instructions. OTC medication must follow the manufacturer instructions and be in manufacturer packaging.
So, if you child needs a cough drop or cough medicine at school the parent/guardian needs to bring in the OTC medication in the original packaging along with filling our the Medication Authorization form. The student should not bring in a handful of cough drops to give to the health room assistant or keep in their backpack/pocket.
Bethel Health Center
Located inside Cascade Middle School
1525 Echo Hollow Road, Suite A
Open Mon-Thurs from 8:30am – 4pm
Health care for all Bethel students and their younger siblings.
Staffed by a Nurse Practitioner who provides diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic conditions.
Accepting Private Insurance, OHP and No Insurance clients
Sliding Scale fee; no one denied services due to inability to pay.