Frequently Asked Questions

Whom do I contact if my child will be absent from school?
If your child is in grade K-8, call the school's TelSafe number (dial the school's main number, then choose option 2) to report your child's absence.

High school student absences should be reported to the CHS attendance office (dial the school's main number, then choose option 1). Upon your child's return to school, send in a note stating the reason for absence.
 
My child needs to take medication during the school day. Can the school nurse administer the medication?
If your child requires medication during the school day, the school nurse will administer the medication if the following requirements are met:
  • Written parent permission for the administration of the medication at school.
  • A legal order from a physician or nurse practitioner, detailing the diagnosis or type of illness being treated, the name of the medication, dostage, time of administration, and side effects.
  • Medication is brought to the school health office in the original prescription-labeled container by an adult.
All medication is to be kept in the school health office in a locked cabinet.

Under certain conditons, the nurse may administer over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen if a permission form, signed by the parent/guardian, is on file.
 
May my child carry his/her own medication?
Only students with self-administration orders on file are allowed to have medication in their possession. Self-administration of medication is granted to students only when the physician and parent/guardian have completed and returned a signed authorization form.
 
What immunizations are required for my child to attend school?
To view current immunization requirements, please click  visit the Health Forms page.
 
What health forms are required for my child?
To view the required health forms for your child, please visit the Health Forms page.
 
My child has been sick. How do I know if he/she can return to school?
If your child has any of the following symptoms, please consider his/her health and the health of other students in your decision to keep your child home from school.
  • A temperature of 100 degrees or higher.
  • A cough that is associated with wheezing, or constant cough that interferes with his/her ability or the ability of others to concentrate and perform while in school.
  • A constantly runny nose, especially in a child who cannot wipe or blow his/her nose effectively.
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. A child should remain home until he/she can tolerate normal meals without nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Bacterial conjunctivitis (pinkeye) with discharge from one or both eyes. Children must be kept home until appropriate therapy has begun and eyes are free of crusting, weeping or discharge.
  • Children diagnosed with strep throat should remain home until they have been on antibiotic therapy for 24 hours and have also been fever-free for that period of time.
  • A child with a suspected contagious skin rash (i.e. chicken pox, impetigo, etc.) should be kept home until it can be determined that the rash is not contagious.