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Message from the School Nurse:

We have seen an increase in number of students with Strep throat and stomach viruses. Please remember to keep your student home if they are sick, have had a fever of 100.4 degrees in the last 24 hours, or experiencing nausea and vomiting. Please ensure that the main office has your current contact information so that if you student is ill during the school day we will be able to contact you.

When to Keep Kids Home 

If your child has any of the following you should keep them home unless symptom free for 24 hours or on antibiotics for the same amount of time. 

• Fevers (anything greater than 100.4 degrees). Please refrain from giving them Tylenol or Motrin and sending them to school anyway; that’s not really the best thing for your child or the kid that sits next to them at school. 

• Vomiting more than twice in a day (once is a freebie, but more than that becomes concerning) 

• Diarrhea more than twice in a day

• Coughing with significant mucous production or difficulty breathing

• Strep throat or signs concerning for strep throat including fevers, sore throat, and headache
• Pink eye- Must be on antibiotics for 24 hours prior to returning to school

• Rash- If you know its eczema or irritation from a new laundry detergent by all means send your child out the door. But when a rash is accompanied by fevers and/or not feels well, it’s usually best to see the doctor. If the rash does not go away after 2-3 days if may be time to see your child’s physician

Please call or email sdorman@dowagiacschools.org or 269-782-4440 ext. 1129

And remember! Hand washing, hand washing, and then more hand washing.

Suzanne Dorman is the Dowagiac District school nurse. Please contact her with any questions or concerns you have related to medications, illness, injuries, or other medical or health-related issues. Suzanne's office is in the Dowagiac Middle School. 

Be sure to visit the "For Parents" and "For Staff" pages for common forms and information.

Suzanne Dorman, RN
ph: 269-782-4440  ext. 1129
fx: 269-782-4449

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