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General School Health

General School Health


NPS takes the health and safety of our students and staff very seriously and wants to do everything we can to limit the spread of illness.  We are working closely with our custodial team to ensure all common areas such as door handles, drinking fountains, and other hard surfaces are wiped down and thoroughly sanitized on a routine, consistent basis.

District staff are and will continue to monitor the number of illnesses reported per building. If parents and guardians are calling in their student as absent and ill, they are encouraged to provide specific information, if possible. 


Everyday tips to prevent the spread of germs:

--Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze

--Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds 

--If your child is sick, please keep them at home for at least 24 hours after fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medication   



Regular attendance at school is important, and we urge parents to observe their children daily for signs of illness.  In order to prevent contamination of other students and staff, we require that the following School Health Guidelines be observed:

Children who exhibit one or more of the following symptoms will be sent home.  These students will be picked up in the nurse's office/front office.  The nurse/office staff will contact the family and/or contacts listed on the child's records. Please note that if the nurse/office staff sends a student home, that day and the next will automatically be excused.  The nurse/office staff will record the absence as excused in the student data management system.

1.    Children who have a temperature of 100 or higher will be sent home.  The child may return to school once they have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of a fever reducer.

2.    A rash or skin eruptions (ringworms, scabies, impetigo, chickenpox).

3.    Excessive nasal discharge with a fever.

4.    Excessive coughing.

5.    Diarrhea/Vomiting- Various factors must be evaluated- However, if our school’s Registered Nurse makes the judgment that the student should go home, this decision will stand.  The child may return once they have been diarrhea/vomit-free for 24 hours.

6.    Redness, itching, and/or “crusty” drainage from the eye.



Minor cuts and abrasions will be cleaned and covered with a bandage. We are not allowed to use any type of spray or ointment. In case of serious injury or illness/health emergency, we will make every effort to contact the parents or guardian, however, it is our school district’s policy to first call the paramedics. The district is not responsible for any transportation and/or medical cost associated with emergency care.


Contagious Disease- Any child having a contagious disease is prohibited from attending school according to State Law Title 63 Section 2601.  Furthermore, the statute requires a written authorization from a health care provider that the child is no longer afflicted with a contagious disease before re-entry to school can occur.


If a child is to be excused from any school activities, such as physical education or recess, a note from the parent will be required.  A physician's excuse is required if a child is to be excluded from physical activity for more than 2 days.