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Jean Dyer - Nurse  (Send e-mail)

Hello, my name is Jean Dyer and I am the nurse at Grand Prairie. I have been the nurse here for 17 years. Here are some helpful hints on when is your child sick enough to stay home.

Our school practice states that you should not send your child to school if they have:
1. Fever in the past 24 hours.
2. Vomiting in the past 24 hours.
3. Diarrhea in the past 24 hours.
4. Sore throat-especially with a fever or swollen glands.
5. Strep Throat-They must be on an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school and be fever free.
6. Bad cold with a very runny nose and or a bad cough, especially is it has kept your child awake at night.
7. Live head lice.
8. Rash-this will be assumed to be contagious and needs to be diagnosed by a doctor with a note accompanying them to return.
9. Pink Eye- will need to be seen by a physician and on antibiotic for 24 hours before returning to school.
10. Appearance, Behavior-unusually tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused or irritable are all sufficient reasons to stay home.


Sending a sick child to school puts many other children and staff at risk of getting sick. Please reinforce the healthy practice of good hand washing and covering their mouth with their elbow when they cough or sneeze. Keep hands away from their face as well.
UPDATE 11-7-14-Parents, I have been seeing a lot of children being sent back to school for one day after being out sick, then out sick again the next few days. I know that it is hard, but please try to keep your child home fever free without the use of medication for 24 hours before sending them back to school!

Fun fact-One sneeze can propel 100,00 bacteria into the air.

Parents, you have probably heard on TV that food allergies have increased over the past few years, especially peanuts and tree nuts. So here at Grand Prairie, we must do all we can to provide a safe learning environment for all our students, this includes foods sent in for snacks. With this in mind, I am using the recommendations from the “Dietary Guidelines for Americans.” These guidelines recommend that all school age children should eat 3 and a half to 5 cups per day of a variety of fruits and vegetables. Nearly half of what we eat should be comprised of fruits and vegetables. Most students fall short of these recommendations.

Remember diets that are rich in a variety of fruits and vegetables are critical for health promotion, disease prevention and keeping a healthy weight.

Thank you, Jean Dyer RN.

Remember parents if you need any medical forms, they can be found on our school website under forms.

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