Student Health

At Westminster Academy, we care deeply for the educational, spiritual, and physical well-being of each student. Our school clinic is staffed by a registered nurse and is there for each student—from PK2 to twelfth grade. Our partnership with parents is vital in every aspect and especially in the area of student health. Please review the following guidelines for sending your child to school. If you have questions, please call the school nurse, doctor, or other health care provider.

Cold Symptoms, Sore Throat, Cough

Your child may go to school when he or she has ALL the following:

  • has only mild cold symptoms or no cold symptoms
  • has a normal temperature (under 100 degrees) for 24 hours or more without fever-reducing medication.
  • has enough energy to do schoolwork
  • can keep from spreading germs by washing their hands, throwing away used tissues, and covering their cough
  • has been taking antibiotics for MORE than 24 hours (or is not taking any antibiotics)

Your child may NOT go to school when he or she:

  • has a fever (temperature over 100 degrees) or needs fever-reducing medicine.
  • has been taking antibiotics for less than 24 hours.
  • has a persistent cough and uncontrolled copiously running nose 

COVID Symptoms

If you test positive for COVID, you must:

  1. Stay home for 5 days from the start of symptoms
  2. Be 48 hours fever free without fever-reducing medication
  3. Symptoms must be improving
  4. We recommend that you wear a mask for the next 5 days of your return to school
If you have significant exposure, you may come to school as long as:
  1. You are able to isolate yourself from the positive person
  2. You do not have any symptoms

If you develop symptoms, please stay home and get tested.

 

Vomiting/Diarrhea

Children must stay home for at least 24 hours after vomiting or having diarrhea (3 or more loose stools in a day). They must be able to eat and drink before coming back to school.

Fever

Your child must have a normal temperature (under 100 degrees) for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine (such as Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, etc.) before returning to school.

Headache

A child should stay home if their headache is bad enough that they can not do school work or if they have other symptoms, such as fever.

Earache/Toothache

A child does not have to miss school because of an earache or a toothache if they are getting medical care, have no other symptoms such as fever, and feel well enough to do schoolwork.

Red Eyes

Keep your child home if the white part of the eye is red and there is yellow or green crusty or gooey stuff in the eye. If your child has pink eye (conjunctivitis), they must stay home until they have been using antibiotic eye medication for 24 hours or more.

Rash

Keep your child home if they have a new onset rash, it covers a large part of their body or if the rash is oozing or contagious.

Thanks for helping to keep our children healthy!