Renee Makimaa, School Nurse
Renee@KeyWestMontessori.com 305-293-1400 ext. 53428
If your child is ill and will not be coming to school, please call our office by 8:30 to let us know he or she will be absent.
Only under extraordinary conditions do we administer medication at school. Please do not send in any medication with your child, including: Tylenol, topical creams, cough medicine, or other over the counter drugs, except under a doctor’s instructions. Our instructional and administrative teams are prohibited from providing or administering any over the counter medication except as authorized in writing by your child’s physician.
Students are expected to be in good health when attending school. Weather permitting; students go outside to play every day. If a student is too sick to go out to play, he or she is probably too sick to be at school. If a student is ill and will not be coming to school, families should our office by 8:30 to let us know he or she will be absent. Alternatively, families may send an email message to Attendance@KeyWestMontessori.com
Colds, flu, and other childhood illnesses spread from child to child with alarming speed. Students with infectious conditions, such as chicken pox, strep throat, head lice, or ringworm must stay home until the infectious stage has passed.
Students with a fever (100.1 or greater), sore throat, eye infection, persistent cough, or severe nasal excretions should remain at home. Students with symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, or undiagnosed skin rash should remain at home as well.
If your child becomes ill at school or exhibits any of the above symptoms, we will contact you to arrange for an early dismissal. We understand how difficult this can be for working parents, yet all of our children become ill from time to time. Please make arrangements in advance for a friend or relative to come when you cannot.
Conditions for school reentry following illness must be adhered to by students and staff of May Sands Montessori School.
A child or member of staff may return to school 24 hours after ingesting the first dose of a prescribed antibiotic.
A child or member of staff may return to school after having been fever free without medication for 24 hours. Clarification: The last dose of Acetaminophen was given at 9am on Sunday morning. A temperature check 6 hours later indicates the individual is fever free. The 24 hour period begins at that moment. If the individual remains fever free during this time frame, he/she may return to school on Tuesday morning.
If a student or member of staff presents at school with a fever of 100.1 or greater, severe nasal discharge, persistent cough, red eye with drainage or discolored sputum, he/she must be dismissed from school and must remain at home for 24 hours. The individual may return to school after 24 hours if they are symptom-free or sooner if accompanied by a doctor’s note stating they are “clear” to return to school on “Date______”.
A student or member of staff may not attend school if his/her wound is draining outside of the bandage, or the bandage will not stay in place. The focus is to prevent exposure of any potentially infectious or contagious fluid to any other individual; all open wounds must be securely covered at all times, with no visible drainage or strike through the bandage. If there is suspicion of a contagious infection or disease process, the child/member of staff will be sent home and prohibited from returning to school for 48 hours. The individual may return to school after 24 hours if they are symptom-free or sooner if accompanied by a doctor’s note stating they are “clear” to return to school on “Date______”.
In the event of a medical situation that requires immediate attention, we will want your child to see a doctor right away. Please remember to keep your emergency contact information up to date. We must be able to reach you at any time during the school day.