Sick Day Guidelines
Please review the following Sick Day Guidelines so that you are aware of signs and symptoms of illness in your child that would prevent them from attending school.
It is important to keep your child home, and call your physician if they have the following symptoms:
Has a fever of 100.4 or higher
Has been vomiting
cough/ shortness of breath
Has symptoms that prevent them from participating in school such as:
Excessive tiredness or lack of appetite
Productive coughing or sneezing
Headache, body aches, or earache
Sore throat – A minor sore throat is typically not an issue, but a severe sore throat could be strep even if the child does not have a fever. Other symptoms of strep throat in children are headaches and an upset stomach. Please contact your pediatrician as your child will need to be tested to determine if they have strep.
Please keep your child home until his or her fever has gone for 24 hours without having fever-reducing medicine, and are without vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school.
If your child has a fever and it goes down with medicine they are not allowed to come to school
If your child vomited or had diarrhea the night before or the morning of school, they are not allowed to come to school
All absences must be reported on a daily basis. You may call the school 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 721-3400.
Please be specific concerning the reason for your child’s absence. Example: Fever with vomiting and diarrhea, complete body rash, sore throat, and stomach ache.
Please also read this COVID Guidelines 23-24 for updated information.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at 401-721-3404 or by email at email@example.com.
Yours in Health,
Jennifer Gaughan RN BS
Lincoln Middle School Nurse
Over the Counter Medication Permission
Over the Counter Medication Permission
Please complete the Over the Counter Medication Permission form if you would like your child to receive any of the following medications during the school year.
- Tylenol (Acetaminophen)
- Advil (Ibuprofin)
MD orders are required for prescription or over-the-counter medications not listed.
- Any student that is trying out for a sport MUST have an updated physical on file with the nurse. (A physical that is dated within the past 12 months)
- The Rhode Island Department of Health requires that all students entering 7th grade must have a physical exam on file.
- Physicals must be dated no earlier than 09/2022 through the start of the 2023-2024 school year.
- Physicals can be scanned and emailed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to me at 401-721-3428.
Please Note…. The Physical form MUST be completed fully including:
- The box where (Student) may participate Fully in Sports/Physical Education (If not, then an explanation of what the limitations are)
Middle School Immunization Requirements:
In accordance with the Rhode Island Department of Health Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Immunization and Testing for Communicable Diseases (R23-1-IMM), all students entering 7th grade are required to have the following immunizations:
- 1 dose of HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine
- 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate (meningitis) vaccine
- 1 dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccine
- The CDC now recommends a 2 dose vaccination series starting at age 11 or 12. The second dose should be given 6 -12 months after the first dose. Further information can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/hpv/downloads/HCVG15-PTT-HPV-2Dose.pdf
- In accordance with the Rhode Island Department of Health, a Religious Exemption or Medical Exemption form must be filled out and returned to the school nurse if your child will NOT be getting the vaccine this year.
School Medical Forms
If your child has any medical conditions please click on the appropriate form/s, download and fill them out with your signature, and email them back to me at email@example.com.
- Asthma Action Plan
- Asthma Individualized Health Care Plan
- Allergy Care Plan
- Allergy Individualized Care Plan
- Seizure Action Plans
- LQTS Care Plan
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease Individualized Health Care Plan
- Headache/Migraine HCP
- Prescription Medicine Consent Form
- Religious Exemption
In an effort to keep families informed going forward, I will be sending all parent notification letters via email. Please keep the school informed of any email or phone number changes as soon as possible.