Please don't take this question wrong, I'm certainly not trying to stir up trouble, I'd just like some answers and advice. Under what circumstances can a school nurse say a student cannot return to school? I understand completely for things like chicken pox or pink eye or anything else that is highly contagious, but what about other things?
I work in an ER / Urgent Care setting and we are forever having parents present with their children saying things like, "The school nurse says he need a throat culture." or "The school nurse says he can't come back to school until he's been on an antibiotic for 24 hours." One of the school nurses even sent a note with a patient saying, "Has been coughing, c/o sore throat for three days - needs z-pak." So, the doctor looks at the patient and really sees no reason to do a throat culture or we do lab which indicates everything is viral...and the kid can't go back to school unless we do a culture or prescribe an antibiotic? I understand the need to protect all of the other student and teachers and other staff, but how can they tell someone they can't go back to school unless they have labs or take an antibiotic that they really don't need? And sending us a note telling us the kid needs a z-pak? What up with that? I have no problem with them saying the kid can't be in school until they've seen a doctor, or why don't you call you doctor and ask about a throat culture or an antibiotic, but I think this is going a little too far...am I out of line? Are they just being a little overly aggresive or are they out of line? Can they really keep a kid out of school if we don't give the them an antibiotic? For how long? One of or doctors wrote the nurse a note saying the kid had a virus and couldn't return to school until he was afebrile, but that he didn't need an antibiotic and the kid ended up in his regular clinic two days later, still asking for an antibiotic at the direction of the school nurse.
Like I said before, I understand for things like chicken pox, pink eye, things like that, but what about the rest of the stuff that is going around?
Also, we have confirmed these statements with the school nurse...she told us she is just protecting her students...