Lincoln School Health Policy


If a student becomes ill at school, she must visit the school nurse to be dismissed. The nurse will then contact a parent to make arrangements for the student to be picked up in a timely manner. If we are unable to reach the parents, we will call the person listed as the “emergency contact” on the Emergency Authorization Form. If a student has driven to school and becomes ill, a parent’s permission must be obtained before Lincoln School will allow the student to drive home.

Cough and Cold Symptoms

If your child is experiencing discomfort that would interfere with his or her school performance, please keep them home until they are able to resume normal activity. If there is a prolonged cough, with or without fever, consult your physician.

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

This condition is easily spread by direct contact with discharge from the infected eye (s). Students will be excluded when eyes are inflamed and draining. Prescribed treatment is often antibiotics. Your physician will tell you when it is appropriate for your child to return to school.

Fever and the “24 hour rule”

A temperature greater than 100.4 is considered a fever. If a student has a fever, we request they stay home from school, and do not return until they have been fever free, without the aid of medication, for 24 hours. If a student develops a fever during the school day, it is required they be picked up ASAP.

Vomiting & Diarrhea and the “24 hour rule”

Like fevers, vomiting and diarrhea can indicate a contagious illness, and require the student remain at home. Students may return to school, when they have gone 24 hours without an episode of vomiting and/or diarrhea, without the aid of any medication. If a student becomes ill during the school day with intestinal symptoms, they will be sent home.

Students with Chronic illness

If a student has a chronic illness which could require care or medication during school hours, please call the school nurse to discuss specifics. Lincoln School will work with parents and students to provide a safe environment for all. If a student's condition is such that extra care might be needed during day or overnight field trips where the nurse will not be present, it may be necessary to have a parent accompany the student on these trips. These instances will be decided on a case by case basis.

Other conditions requiring extended absence

If a student requires long term treatment for a physical or mental condition, which involves an absence of five days or more, the student's advisor and the Dean of Students will work with the family to institute a medical leave. A doctor's note and/or more extensive communication with outside providers is needed to provide academic accommodation and a plan for re-entry.

Head Lice

Head lice are a common problem for children in schools and child care. Anyone can get head lice. Head lice are not a sign of uncleanliness and head lice do not spread disease. They are however, a time consuming nuisance and one that should be dealt with as quickly as possible. There is extensive information on head lice on the Health Services homepage.

Emergency Procedures

In the event of a student emergency, we will immediately attempt to contact the parents. In extreme emergencies, 911 will be called concurrently. If the school nurse and EMTs deem transport to a hospital necessary, the student will be transported to Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Either the school nurse, or a supervising adult will accompany the student to Hasbro. If we are unable to reach the parents, we will call the emergency contact designated by the parent in the Family Portal. If we are unable to reach the emergency contact, the student’s physician will be called. It is essential for parents to update emergency information in the Family Portal. This includes daytime telephone number changes, and emergency contact numbers.

Meet our Team

Diane Murphy
School Nurse

Masha Schiller
School Psychologist