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Absences, Illnesses and Injuries

We review and update the health records of all the students at THS and ask that any changes in a student’s medical condition or any additional information such as allergies or medications be forwarded to the health office.  All information is confidential and is important when treating your child.  In order to keep our records current, any recent physical examination or proof of any recent immunization should be sent to the Health Office.

Excuse an Absence

As per the Tiger Q “Extended Consecutive Absences: "Students returning from an extended absence of three or more days must submit a note from their physician to the Health Office within three school days after the student’s return to school.  The physician’s note should list the corresponding dates of absences.   If a physician’s note is received within three school days after the student’s return, the third and consecutive absences will be excluded from counting toward the maximum absence limits.  If a physician’s note is not received within three school days after the student’s return, the absences will count toward the maximum absence limits.”
If a student has a chronic condition, a current doctor's note is required documenting the condition and how attendance or school activity would be impacted. Updated notes are required for each school year.  When the student is absent due to this condition, the nurse needs to be notified. 

Sick Day Guidelines: Making the Right Call When Your Child Has a Cold”
Consider keeping your child home if he or she:

  • Has a fever of 100.0 degrees or higher
  • Has been vomiting
  • Has symptoms that prevent him or her from participating in school, such as:
    • Excessive tiredness or lack of appetite
    • Productive coughing, sneezing
    • Headache, body aches, earache
    • Sore throat

A minor sore throat is usually not a problem, but a severe sore throat could be strep throat even if there is no fever. Other symptoms of strep throat in children are headache and stomach upset. Contact your pediatrician as your child needs a special test to determine if it is strep throat.

Keep your child home until his or her fever has been gone for 24 hours without medication. Colds can be contagious for at least 48 hours. Returning to school too soon may slow the recovery process and expose others unnecessarily to illness.

The flu is serious! Call your pediatrician at the first sign of flu symptoms, which typically come on suddenly, including:

  • High fever
  • Chills
  • Head ache, body aches, ear ache
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Dry cough

Injured Students

To insure the safety of our students, we ask that students advise the nurse of any injury that may alter their school day, especially the use of the stairways. Any students returning to school on crutches, in casts, or wearing any type of orthopedic braces or support must see the nurse before starting the school day. Use a wheelchair must be arranged prior to the student returning to school.