Daisy Ingraham Health Office

Student Illness Guidelines

Student will be dismissed from school automatically for vomiting, diarrhea, suspected or confirmed conjunctivitis, nits (discretion of nurse)/live louse, or a temperature of 100.0 F degrees and above(in accordance with state guidelines).  If the student is dismissed from school, the student may not return to school until symptoms have ceased for 24 hours. If your child is suspected of having pink eye, a doctor note is required to return to school.  If your child is diagnosed with pink eye, they may not return to school until they have completed a full 24 hours of antibiotic.  If live louse (lice) is discovered, the student may return to school only after hair treatment is complete and every viable nit is removed and the student must see the nurse upon arrival at school. 

A student should remain at home from school with the following symptoms of communicable illness or disease:

  • A temperature of 100.0 F degrees or greater (in accordance with state guidelines). Students should be fever-free without using fever-reducing medication for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea. Students should remain at home until vomiting and/or diarrhea have subsided for at least 24 hours and they are able to tolerate fluids.
  • Live head lice found in the hair.
  • Eye discomfort with itching, redness, pain, and discharge.
  • Skin rash suggestive of communicable disease
  • Sore throat that is accompanied by fatigue, body aches, and fever.

Influenza Information

Schools are a prime location for the flu virus to spread. It is hard to prevent kids from getting the flu this time of year for various reasons. The flu virus is spread by respiratory droplets from coughing, sneezing, and talking.  Droplets can spread up to six feet away and land in the mouths or noses or people who are nearby. It can also be spread by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touching their mouth or nose. 

  • Children are three times more likely to get sick with the flu
  • Children can pass the flu virus to others for a period of more than seven days after the symptoms start
  • On average, one-third of family members in families with school age children are infected with the flu each year.

The flu is different than a cold. Both a cold and flu are respiratory illnesses, however they are caused by different virus’s and have different symptoms.  The flu normally comes on suddenly.  An easy way to recognize the flu symptoms are to remember the FLU FACTS.

(Fever, Aches, Chills, Tiredness, and Sudden onset)

Sometimes vomiting and diarrhea is seen with children.

Complications of the flu virus can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes. Key points to remember:

Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water. You can set a good example by doing this yourself. Good hand hygiene is the first line of defense against the flu. Hand sanitizer is acceptable if your hands are not visibly dirty.

Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensils, and to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues. If they don't have a tissue, they should cough or sneeze into their upper sleeve, not their hands.

Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever (100 degrees or greater), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea.

Don't send children to school if they are sick. Any children who are sick at school will be sent home. Keeping your child home when sick will allow them to rest and also allows you to monitor their health closely. Keeping your sick child home is the responsible thing to do. It protects fellow students and school staff, especially those who are at higher risk of severe illness from the flu.

Remember- if you are sick, please STAY HOME!  Please be vigilant of others and aware of the serious risk to students and staff when coming to school with flu-like symptoms. Thank you in advance for doing your part in keeping our schools healthy! If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.

CHC School-Based Mobile Dental Program

The School-Based Mobile Dental Program is offered here at Daisy for the benefit of the students.

In-School Services Provided

  • Screenings
  • Exams
  • Cleanings
  • X-Rays
  • Sealants
  • Oral Health Education

The following fees/charges apply to Community Health Center, Inc.’s Mobile Dental Program:

  • For patients enrolled in HUSKY/Medicaid, services are 100% covered through Husky/Medicaid with no additional fees or charges.
  • For patients with private dental insurance, services are billed to insurance. Patient/Family is responsible for any deductible and/or co-pay.
  • For patients with no dental insurance the following fees apply:
  • $30 for Dental Hygiene visit (cleaning, x-rays, fluoride)
  • $18 per visit for exam by the Dentist
  • $25 per visit for sealants

Enrollment is accepted year around, and once enrolled it remains active until high school graduation. In fact, if you move to another town where CHC provides school-based services, your enrollment will continue.

To begin receiving services, please go to www.SBHC1.com to sign up quickly and easily online! Or you can download and print the packet in either English or Spanish here:  Dental Enrollment English  Dental Enrollment Spanish

For further information on getting a student enrolled or to un-enroll a student please contact:

Middlesex, New London & Meriden Areas

Alyson Gillissie

(860) 347-6971 ext. 5163

Unvaccinated Students

Please consider vaccinating your student. It is always better to prevent a disease than treat it. 

Remember that any student who is not vaccinated against a vaccine-preventable disease will be excluded from school per the Religious/Medical Exemption Form: 

"I understand that during a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak at the above-identified school,
all susceptible children, including the student will be excluded from school if a public health
official determines that the school is a significant site for disease exposure, transmission and
spread into the community. In such case, such children, including the student shall be excluded
from school until: (1) the public health official determines that the outbreak danger has ended;
(2) the child becomes ill with the disease and completely recovers from it; (3) the child is
vaccinated according to public health protocol; or (4) the child has proof of immunity to the
disease."