From the Nurse…
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns so we may work together to provide for the safety and well-being of your child. You may contact me at the Wawaloam Health office at (401) 295-8802.
In accordance with the Rhode island Department of Health Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Immunization and Testing for Communicable Diseases (R23-1-1MM), all children entering preschool are required to have age appropriate immunizations for all Center for Disease Control recommended vaccines including:
- Hepatitus B
- Hepatitus A
A child's ability to learn, perform and behave can depend on how a child feels physically. We ask that sick children remain at home if their illness is, or may be, contagious and could cause illness in other children. We ask your cooperation by calling the school (and the bus company if necessary) and informing us as soon as possible so we can detect similar illnesses in others sooner. If your child becomes ill at school, you will be called to pick him/her up. If your child has special medical or health problems, please inform the school nurse.
When to Keep Your Child at Home
Deciding when a child is too sick to attend school can be difficult. Many parents/guardians have questions regarding when to send their child to school. Please know that while it is very important that your child attends school on a daily basis, good health is more important than a perfect attendance record.
In order for your child to feel well enough to learn, and to control the spread of communicable diseases in school, please refer to the following guidelines when you consider whether or not your child should attend school on a particular day.
It is generally acceptable to send your child to school with:
• Mild cold symptoms - feels well, no fever, occasional cough, some nasal congestion
• Stomach ache - mild, no fever, no vomiting, able to eat.
• Eyes - itch, no redness, no drainage
• Vague complaints of aches, pains, or fatigue - no fever
• Sore throat - no fever, mild
• Cough - occasional, non-productive
• Skin rash - known cause, being treated
Please keep your child home for the following:
• Fever above 100 degrees - your child should be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school
• Sore throat - moderate to severe, fever (please contact your physician)
• Rash/spots - fever, unknown cause (please contact your physician)
• Cough/cold - fever, frequent cough, sever nasal congestion
• Eye inflammation/drainage/discharge - contact your physician if your child's eye is red, cloudy, has drainage, eyelids matted after sleep (if medication is prescribed, must be given for 24 hours before returning to school)
• Vomiting and/or diarrhea - may return 24 hours after the last episode
• Ear pain - Consult with your physician
• Acute pain - requiring narcotic pain relief (ex. Codeine after a tooth extraction)
Please contact the Lineham office at (401) 397-3771 if the decision is made to keep your child home.
If you have any questions, Mrs. Larkin can be reached at Wawaloam School at (401) 295-8802.
Special Health Concerns
If your child has a specific health concern, please notify the school nurse (i.e., asthma, severe
allergy, diabetes, etc.) so that appropriate measures/planning can take place specific to your child.
It is very important that you complete your child's yellow Emergency Card. Please keep the information on the card current so that the school staff can easily contact the appropriate authorized person if your child becomes ill or is hurt while in school. For the safety of all children, the child will be released only to those people listed on the emergency card.
Hearing, vision and dental screenings are required by state law. At the preschool level, due to their young age and individual needs, Child Outreach provides screening in coordination with the school health office and/or primary care providers and dentists.
Parents/guardians are contacted if there are any concerns.