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Our 2023-24 School Nurse Team: Kelly Landwehr, Ali Bryant, Arlene Mathewson, Elizabeth Palko, Rebecca McKee, Eva McDonough, Haysal Jones

Eva McDonough
emcdonough@acsdvt.org
Bridport, Shoreham, Weybridge

Haysal Jones
hjones@acsdvt.org
Cornwall (Tues, Thurs), Ripton (Weds), Salisbury (Mon, Fri)

Kelly Landwehr
klandwehr@acsdvt.org
MUHS School Nurse

Rebecca McKee
rmckee@acsdvt.org
Mary Hogan School Nurse

Elizabeth Palko
epalko@acsdvt.org
MUMS School Nurse

ACSD School Illness Guidance

When to go home/stay home from school:

What if a student/staff gets sick at school?

An individual who has any of the following significant symptoms of illness will be sent home:

  • Fever > 100.4°F

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Flu-like symptoms

  • A rash of unknown origin

  • Any other symptoms or illness that impede a student's ability to learn

The school nurse will assess students  who are ill and may send the student home based on their clinical judgment.  There may be situations where the symptom is determined not related to infection and a student may remain at school

What if a student/staff gets sick at home?

An individual who has any of the following significant symptoms of illness should stay home:

  • Fever > 100.4°F

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Flu-like symptoms

  • A rash of unknown origin

  • Any other symptoms or illness that impede a student's ability to learn

Testing is recommended for any COVID related symptoms, but not required.  

Rapid antigen tests kits are available for home use and can be requested from the school nurse or health assistant.

You can return to school when:

When can a student/staff return to school after illness?

  • When symptoms of illness have improved and you feel well enough to be at school or work

  • Symptoms of fever, vomiting, or diarrhea, should be resolved for at least 24 hours without medication before returning to school

  • If an antibiotic is warranted (such as for strep throat) the individual may return 24 hours after starting the antibiotic 

Wearing masks at school is optional. Students who are ill may be asked to wear a mask in the school nurse's office until they go home.

When can a student/staff return to school after COVID-19?

  • Individuals may return to school when they have completed 5 full days of isolation.  Day zero is the first day that symptoms began or the day you test positive, whichever is earlier

  • You must feel well enough to be at  school and be fever free without the use of medication for at least 24 hours prior to returning to school

  • VT Department of Health recommends wearing a mask when around others for 5 days after completing 5 days of  isolation.

It is strongly recommended by the American Association of Pediatrics that a child's primary care provider be notified of their COVID-19 illness in order to discuss if further evaluation is warranted prior to returning to sports and physical exertion.

General Information