Earl Shapiro Hall (N3–2)
ESH Nurse's Office
Nurse Julia Nutley
Nurse Maggie Williamson
Historic Campus (Grades 3–12)
Historic Campus Nurse's Office
Nurse Martha Baggetto
Nurse Mary Toledo-Trevino
Nurses are on site at both Earl Shapiro Hall and the Historic Campus from 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m., whenever school is in session. (Summer hours: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.)
When Your Child Should Stay Home From School
To ensure that we provide proper care to our students and disseminate relevant information to our families, please inform the Nurse’s Office if your child is diagnosed with a communicable illness.
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests answering these questions when determining if a child is well enough to attend school:
Importantly your pediatrician’s recommendations are paramount. If your family doctor has advised you to keep a child home from school, please follow that guidance.
Additional information that may be helpful:
Does your child have a fever (greater than 100.4° F)?
Is your child well enough to engage in class?
Do you think your child has a contagious illness, such as the flu or pinkeye?
Fever is the body's way of destroying the germs making it sick, and it's a common symptom of infections such as the flu. Keep your children home if their temperature is 100° F or higher. Wait until children are fever-free without medication for 24 hours before allowing them return to school.
Diarrhea is often the result of infection, food poisoning, or a side effect to medications like antibiotics. Keep children home until stools are formed or your healthcare provider gives the okay. Make sure your sick child stays well hydrated.
Vomiting is another way for the body to rid itself of the germs making it sick, and is usually caused by a stomach virus or stomach infection. Keep children home if they've vomited twice or more in the last 24 hours. They can return to school once vomiting subsides or when your healthcare provider says they are no longer contagious.
Severe cough and cold symptoms should keep kids home from school. A serious cough could be a sign of contagious conditions like whooping cough, viral bronchitis, or croup. It can also be a sign of asthma or allergies.
Sore throats can be a symptom of strep or a common cold. If your child has been diagnosed with strep throat, keep your child at home for at least 24 hours after starting antibiotics. If your child has a mild cold, it's okay to go to school.
Pinkeye (conjunctivitis) is contagious, and children should stay home from school for the first 24 hours after treatment begins. Symptoms of pinkeye include eye redness, irritation, swelling, and pus.
Headaches can be a symptom of contagious conditions like viral gastroenteritis, flu, meningitis, and strep throat. Opinions differ on whether a child should be kept home. If your child doesn't have any other signs of illness, and feels okay, your child can go to school.
Rashes can be the sign of contagious conditions such as chickenpox, bacterial meningitis, or impetigo. Children should be kept home until they're diagnosed. They can return to school after symptoms have resolved and their healthcare provider gives the okay.
Earaches aren't contagious. There's no need to keep a child with a mild earache home, as long as your child feels well enough to concentrate.