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To School or Not To School

DO NOT send your child to school if ANY of these signs or symptoms has occurred in the previous 24 hours:

  • Vomiting, nausea, and abdominal pain
  • Elevated temperature (100° or higher)
  • Repeated diarrhea
  • Acute cold with thick nasal drainage, sore throat or persistent cough
  • Red or inflamed eyes, or discharge from eyes
  • Unusual lethargic behavior
  • Frequent asthma attacks that are not responsive to normal medication

There will be times when it is difficult to tell when your child is too ill to go to school. Like adults, children have very different tolerances to discomfort or illness. Even the common cold affects everyone differently. If your child is coughing continuously, he or she will not be able to concentrate and will disrupt others in the classroom. A day of rest at home combined with lots of fluid speeds their recovery.

If you decide to send your child to school when he or she is on the “borderline” of being ill, it is a good idea to call your school nurse. BE SURE to let the school know where you can be contacted in case your child’s condition worsens.

If your child is diagnosed with:

  1. Strep throat – Individuals must have 24 hours of antibiotics and be fever-free before returning to school
  2. Pink eye (conjunctivitis) – Individuals must have 24 hours of antibiotic eye drops and be without symptoms before returning

CONTACT YOUR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN FOR QUESTIONS.

Health Screenings

Throughout the school year your child will participate in various health screenings. A brief description of these screenings can be found below along with links to other sources of additional information.

Vision Screenings

Early identification, diagnosis and correction of vision disorders give children a better opportunity to develop educationally, socially, and emotionally. Vision screening procedures in the Finneytown Local School District are performed as required by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) under the authority of the Ohio Revised Code Section 3313.69. While school vision screening is a valuable public health procedure, it is not a substitute for professional eye care.

Vision Conservation Policies are available on the ODH website: www.odh.state.oh.us

Children to be tested:

  • Students in Preschool, kindergarten, and grades 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9
  • Students in special classes at the ages corresponding to the required grade level
  • New and transfer students with no recent screening or eye examination information on file
  • Teacher referrals
  • Hearing-impaired students

Referral: Referrals will be mailed to parents if any test is failed on a second screening.

Hearing Screenings

Early identification, diagnosis, and treatment of hearing disorders are also essential to educational, emotional, and social development. While the hearing screening is a valuable tool, it is not a substitute for professional examination. The procedures for screenings include (but are not limited to) age/grade levels to be screened, frequency and intensity of tones to be used, and criteria for referral, according to the Ohio Revised Code Section 3313.69.

Hearing Conservation Policies are available on the Ohio Department of Health website: www.odh.state.oh.us

Children to be screened:

  • Students in preschool, kindergarten, first, third, fifth, seventh and ninth grades
  • Students new to the school and not tested within the last twelve months
  • Students referred by a teacher
  • Students who were referred within the past year with no documentation of follow-up
  • Students in special classes at corresponding grade levels
  • Students who wear hearing aids shall NOT be screened in the schools.

Referral: Referrals will be mailed to parents if their child fails a second screening, performed approximately four weeks after the initial test.

Referral: Parents will be notified in writing, by mail if their child fails a second evaluation. The school nurse performs the initial evaluation. The second evaluation is done (usually in late spring of the school year) by a nurse specialist with the Greater Cincinnati Spinal Deformity Center.

** GENERAL SCREENING INFORMATION Any child can be exempted from screenings if examined by a licensed physician/specialist during the twelve months immediately preceding the date of school screenings. Parents should present school health services personnel with a certificate to that effect. (O.R.C. §3313.69)

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