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Guidelines for Determining Student Attendance
 
A student should be sent home if they exhibit any of the following:
  • Skin eruptions/rashes
  • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher
 
Other conditions that are indicators of illness and are considered when determining if a student should
be sent home:
  • Decreased activity — droopy, tired appearance, fatigue
  • Irritable behavior
  • Sore throat/swollen glands
  • Runny nose/cough
  • Eye drainage (excessive drainage and significant discomfort)
 
When can a student return to school?
After 24 hours of medication for the following conditions:
  • Strep throat
  • Infected skin eruptions
  • Other conditions requiring antibiotics
 
The student has been free of the following condition for at least 24 hours:
  • Fever (without the aid of fever-reducing medication)
 
The student has been free of the following conditions for at least 48 hours:
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting (related to stomach virus such as Norovirus)
 
For specific conditions, see “Infectious Diseases” in Health Guidelines Manual.
Medications at School
 
In order to keep all students in the school safe, North Star Academy follows the elementary school medication policy for all students Kindergarten through 8th grade. This is for the safety of all students at the school. If medication is lost or dropped out of a backpack it may be picked up and taken by another student. This policy requires all medication to be dispensed from the health office with the proper paperwork completed. Students are not allowed to bring any kind of prescription or over-the-counter medication in their backpack to be taken during the school day. Many medications are available in long acting forms and parents are encouraged to administer medication at home so as to not disrupt the school day for their child.
 
Students who require medication (including prescription and over-the-counter medication) to be given during the school day must have a Medication Release Request form signed by both the parent and the physician. This form specifies exactly what medication is to be given, what dosage and what time. Medications will only be accepted at school in the pharmacy container or the original store bottle. Individual exceptions to this policy i.e. allowing a student to carry medications are considered and require a Permission to Carry Request & Contract to Carry Form.

Please contact Jenny Mowery at 720-851-7827 ext. 215 if you have any questions regarding the North Star Academy Medication Policy.