Health Office

A school nurse is assigned to Rolando Park providing a health services program for the assessment, evaluation, maintenance, and improvement of the health of pupils and school personnel. However, office personnel provide first aid on a daily basis. Students must have a pass to visit the health office.

Your child should attend school every day. However, there are times when you may need to keep your child at home. Please do not send a child with the following symptoms to school:

  • Fever of 100.5°F or more, taken orally (or 101°F taken by ear, rectally or temporal scan).
  • Cough and difficulty breathing - do not send to school if child has labored breathing (heaving of chest muscles with each breath), rapid breathing at rest, blue color to skin, or wheezing (if never previously evaluated and treated), and see a doctor. Keep home if your child has pertussis (whooping cough) until 5 days of antibiotics have been received, or tuberculosis (until treated).
  • Rash that is undiagnosed, especially when there is a fever and behavioral change.
  • Chicken pox - keep home until all blisters are scabbed over and there are no signs of illness.
  • Diarrhea - keep home if the student wears diapers, if there is blood or mucous in the stool (unless from medication or hard stool), if the stools are all black or very pale, or if the stools are very watery and are increasing in frequency. See a doctor immediately if diarrhea is accompanied by: no urine output for 8 hours; jaundiced skin; or child looks/acts very ill.
  • Vomiting more than once a day or accompanied by fever, rash or general weakness.
  • Impetigo - Keep the child home for 24 hours after starting an antibiotic treatment.
  • Ringworm (a contagious skin fungus infection). Keep home until treatment is started.

Unless otherwise indicated, students with above symptoms need to be absent for at least 24 hours prior to returning to school.

Children who are placed on antibiotics for impetigo, strep throat, and several other bacterial infections, should be on them for a FULL 24 hours (longer for Pertussis/Whooping Cough) before returning to school to prevent the spread of those infections. If you are uncertain, ask your doctor.
The problem of head lice (pediculosis) is ongoing and can be time consuming. Even though head lice are not a threat to health, they are a frustrating nuisance. Prompt treatment of student(s) with a positive diagnosis of head lice ensures minimal disruption of their educational program. When a student is initially identified as having live head lice, the student is to be excluded from school at the end of the school day for treatment.
After treatment at home, it's mandatory to return to school the next day via the health office, for inspection. Parents must be notified that students who return to school with live lice will be sent home.

If at any time you are unsure if your child's illness is contagious, you may want to call your child's primary care provider. If you have further questions, please contact the school site. Thank you for your continued support of the families in our school community.


All prescription and non-prescription medications must be cleared by the School Clerk before they can be given at school. The parent and the child's physician must complete appropriate forms. Please come to the office if your child requires medication at school to obtain the necessary forms.

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