ICS is a health-promoting school: we value the physical and emotional health of everyone in our school community.
We have a full-time Nurse. The Nurse contacts parents immediately in the case of illness or significant injury. The Nurse's Office is in the Primary Building.
It is school policy that every child must be seen by the school nurse before a student is allowed home sick. This is to monitor what illnesses are affecting our students and to make sure parents are aware of any contagious illnesses that may affect their family.
It is sometimes difficult to make a decision about whether or not to keep a child home from school. With minor symptoms, it is often difficult to tell whether they are going to improve or get worse during the course of the day. It is important to consider that if a child is well enough to attend school, they will be expected to take part in the full curriculum, including outdoor play and P.E. This information may help you decide whether your child is too sick to go to school.
The main reasons for keeping a child home are:
- They are too sick to be comfortable at school
- There is a possibility of spreading a contagious disease to other children
We generally advise children to stay at home if:
- They have a fever higher than 100.4 F or 38.0 C
- They have vomited more than once
- They have diarrheoa
- They have a persistent and severe cough
- They have a persistent pain (ear, stomach, etc)
- They have a widespread rash