Where ever two or more are gathered…
Sharing happens. We started our eighth day of school to find that more than students have come to Trinity School. A number of children and adults had a hard-hitting cold for a long weekend guest. Our first lice check of the year turned up bad news on the upper campus for children in several classes.
Here’s a quick review of our requirements for returning to school after being ill or having head lice. Also check out the “handy” tips on hand-washing at the end of this post.
Please do not send your child to school when
he/she is feeling ill or running or has run a fever in the past 24 hours. Children arriving
with or developing the following symptoms will be sent home:
• Fever equal to or greater than 100 degrees F or 38.8 C
• A runny nose with green discharge
• A constant cough
• Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
• Contagious sores
• Skin rash (note from doctor required if non-infectious)
• Headache or other pains
• Red eyes and/or discharge
Please come as soon as possible (30 minutes at most). It is important that parents have a
plan for the care of their sick child before it happens. If you are not available, the School
will contact the alternative emergency numbers listed on the emergency card. Your child
may return to school 24 hours after he/she has been free of any symptoms of illness.
Head lice, while not harmful to health, are an unwanted infestation that can be very
challenging to control. In the best interest of all students and families, the School will
conduct periodic head checks. Health care professionals or other trained volunteers in the
parent body conduct the checks at the beginning of the academic year and after longer
vacations or as needed.
If your child has lice, you must inform the school. The dictates of civil consideration
within a close community require this.
Trinity School employs a “no nit policy” as recommended by the National Pediculosis
Association. (Hot line number is 1-800-446-4NPA.) The “no nits policy” calls for:
• Removal of all lice, eggs (nits) and egg cases following application of a licekilling
• Exclusion of a child from school, extended care or other school-related activities
until such measures have been accomplished. Exclusion and re-admission
decisions are at the discretion of the Head of School or her designee.
• An on line resource for prevention: