Hi all -
Do you ever have to make the call whether a child who was out sick during the day can attend a school concert that afternoon/evening? Our students had a winter concert last night and we had a kiddo who had thrown up in the middle of the night the before and was out school during the day. Mom asked me if she could attend the after school concert that day - I basically said if the vomiting seemed to be due to a contagious illness she cannot attend (especially as we've had a stomach virus pop up in school this past week that I'm trying to keep down until our winter break starts!). I did add that if it seemed due to congestion/coughing and she seemed fine the rest of the day she might be okay to come. We do not have a school policy specifically relating to school events, but regular school attendance and vomiting, students are required to be out of school 24 hours vomit free (with some exceptions made for vomiting related to mucus, etc...).
In reality I know I made the right call, but am just feeling guilty as I know the student really wanted to attend the concert and was a little heartbroken that she didn't get to go.
I guess I was just looking for a little reassurance that other school nurses handle it the same!
Dec 12, '17
For the most part, you miss school due to illness the same 24 hour exclusion stands for concerts and after school events. Now that being said, I'm usually not there and i can't say who would enforce the policy. If the parent chooses to send the child in and Sally ends up puking into her trumpet halfway through Moonlight Sonata, then i don't want to hear about how embarrassing it was. but you can be sure i will hear about that it happened - better keep her home afterward
Last edit by Flare on Dec 12, '17
: Reason: clarification