Communicable Diseases


Concussion Facts

  • A concussion can impact your child’s learning and education.  It is important to notify your child’s school if they sustain a head injury that results in a concussion anytime during the school year.  Most concussions will resolve within a week, but some may have more long term effects.

In order to help your child return safely to school after a concussion, please discuss the following accommodations with your child's Health Care Provider: 

  • Limited or NO sports activity
  • Rest breaks as needed
  • Modified school day
  • Extra time to take tests or complete assignments

What you will need from your child's Health Care Provider:

  • Written order for appropriate accommodations.
  • Written order to increase activity.
  • Date cleared to resume to normal activity. 

Parent Concussion Information:


Health & Wellness: Nutrition, Sleep, and Activity...

NUTRITION: Students who come to the Health Rooms complaining of headache, dizziness, and/or stomach ache often report that they have not eaten breakfast before coming to school. This may contribute to their symptoms. To best function academically, emotionally, and physically, it is best to eat nutritious foods about every four to five hours. Students are often rushed in the morning, but if they could have a glass of juice, milk, and a more complex carbohydrate such as peanut butter and whole grain toast, fortified cereal, granola bar, etc, they would probably feel and function better at school. Some elementary schools have a morning snack brought to school by the students. If that is the practice, please send a nutritious snack on a regular basis. The old adage still applies: "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day."

SLEEP MORE = BETTER STUDENT: Studies show that children and adolescents in the United States do not get adequate sleep resulting in possible long-term health effects and school performance. Dr. Carl E. Hunt, director of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, found that children and adults who do not get adequate sleep (they do not necessarily have a sleep disorder) can have impaired school performance, memory, learning, behavior, mood, and health effects related to blood pressure. "Evidence shows that elementary-age children need at least 9 hours of sleep per night to be well rested and many of them aren’t getting it," Dr. Hunt reports. (Reuters Health, Boston, October 23, 2002. See: www.reuters.com)


Illness: How to Decide When to Send Your Child to School...

 

  • FEVER: A child may have a fever in the evening, then be without a fever the next morning. If sent to school, the fever may return later in the school day. Please keep the child home until fever-free for at least 24 hours without the help of fever-reducing medication.
     
  • PERSISTANT COUGH, COUGHING SPELLS, VOMITING, EXHAUSTION, DIARRHEA: These are all reasons to keep a child home. If these signs and symptoms (S&S) continue, medical evaluation is appropriate.
     
  • SORE THROAT: Irritation of the throat can be caused by persistent coughing, post-nasal drainage (drainage down the back of the throat from sinus and nasal passages due to a cold, allergies, or sinus infections), or throat infections such as streptococcus bacteria (Strep Throat). Some children are more susceptible to Strep infections and develop a beefy-red throat, fever, swollen glands in the neck, nausea, and headache. Others may have a Strep infection and show mild or no S&S. Step infections can lead to other infections such as Rheumatic Fever that can seriously damage major organs. Medical evaluation is important to rule out Strep infections.
     
  • ANTIBIOTIC MEDICATION THERAPY: Medication Antibiotic Therapy is sometimes prescribed by the child’s physician to treat bacterial infections. In many cases, the child must be on the antibiotic therapy for at least 24 hours or longer if S&S persist before returning to school.
     
  • INFORM YOUR SCHOOL: Please inform your school office of your child’s illness. If you are comfortable in doing so, please try to share specific information pertaining to the illness, i.e.: fever, vomiting, headache, diarrhea, or a specific condition/illness if diagnosed. This information can help identify potential communicable diseases in the school setting.
     
  • EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION IN THE HEALTH ROOM: Please keep emergency contact information up-to-date in your school health room. You may have a new work phone number, home address and/or phone number, or cell phone number. Please be diligent about having at least two emergency contact persons listed on the school Emergency Card to call if a parent cannot be located in an emergency.
     
  • RESOURCES:  You may refer to a publication from the Waukesha County Department of Health & Human Services, Public Health Division: "Guidelines and Recommendations for Some of the Common Communicable Diseases".

Immunizations

Wisconsin state law requires all public and private school students to present written evidence of immunization against certain diseases within 30 days of admission. Click HERE for the Immunization Law Fact Sheet. The current age / grade specific requirements are available from schools and local health departments. These requirements can be waived only if a properly signed health, religious, or personal conviction waiver is filed with the school. The purpose of the law is to help establish and maintain optimum health of all students.


Medications

 

Medications, even over-the-counter (OTC) medication, can be dangerous if not administered properly. To help maintain and assure a safe school environment for all students, the MASD has two policies guiding the administration of medications to students at school or at a school-sponsored event.

Medication maintained in the health room is not available after school hours.  For school sponsored activities outside of school hours, parents will need to make arrangements for additional emergency medication to be available for their child.  Staff will be trained as needed for emergency medications.  In order to ensure staff is trained in the administration of the emergency medication, contact the district.


Mukwonago Area School District

  • 385 E. Veterans Way, Mukwonago, WI 53149
  • Phone: (262) 363-6300
  • Fax: (262) 363-6272