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  1. txmomteacher2

    txmomteacher2 Connoisseur

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    Just wondering what your school's policy is when a child vomits. Do they get sent home or do they get sent back to class if they have no fever.
    We eat breakfast in the classroom. THis morning while we were eating breakfast I had a child tell me he didn't feel good and he was going to throw up. I can not handle throw up and this kid is not a whiner or a frequent flier to the nurse so I knew he was telling me the truth. As I am filling out the paper work, he throws up everywhere. So I take him to the nurse (praying the whole way he doesn't throw up again). She tells me I will check him for fever and if he doesn't have one he can rest and go back to class. UGHHHHHH not more than 5 minutes later he is back in my room. Granted he told me he felt fine and as it turns out the rest of the day he was normal, it still made me mad that they sent him back. We tell the parents please dont send your kids to school if they are throwing up, why don't we send them home if they are throwing up. I understand there are kids who are going to take advantage of that but still I know my kids and if you have never seen this kid in your clinic for even a hang nail don't you figure you could send him home. Ok sorry this turned into a rant.
     
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  3. agdamity

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    At my school, vomiting one time with no fever would result in going back to class. However, if they vomited all over the room like you described, they would probably go home.
     
  4. kellzy

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    Yeah, see that bothers me a lot. If my kids start spewing vomit, they go home. Teachers have full discretion on that matter, as our school nurse is spread between 8 schools and only deals with medically diagnosed issues.
    As a weird side note, approximately 1 in 40,000 people are born without the ability to fever. I'm one of them. I've almost died from infections more than once because I didn't have the 'characteristic' fever. So it's rare, but be careful with a child who absolutely proclaims they are sick, but has no fever.
     
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    czacza Multitudinous

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    Kids get sent home. Our policy is 24 hours fever/vomit free before coming back...
     
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    No fever = Staying in school even if you look like Kermit the Frog.

    Can you tell I'm not fond of the policy? I don't like the possibility of being puked on.
     
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    Our kiddos go home immediately if there is vomit.

    Thank goodness.
     
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    Ugh, that would annoy me so much. a kid can have the tummy bug and be contagious, but not have a fever!
     
  9. TeacherNY

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    If the kids are not being sent home it could be that in the past parents were unwilling to pick their kids up, not able to be contacted, etc. If they pitch a fit then the nurse will relent and say ok, they can go back to class. After a while maybe the nurse gives up and doesn't bother. I kind of see their point even though it is definitely not in the best interest of the sick kid and his classmates.
     
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    I've had kids get sent back to the classroom after vomiting, and it drives me crazy. They usually go home, but not always. Sometimes the kid will say, "I feel better now," but I feel like it's a no-brainer and they need to go home.
     
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    Home-- always.
    Fever and vomit free for 24 hours before they are allowed back!
     
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    I've had children sent back up from the nurse with vomit still on their clothes. I don't think we have an official policy. Ever since that happened I usually just call the child's parents myself. Usually the parent will come get them. Unfortunately it usually means them waiting in the classroom to get picked up.
     
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    It depends. . .I tell the office what they need to do. They usually agree with me.

    Sympathy pukers don't get to go home, no way, no how. Otherwise, I make a determination before I send them to the office. Did they just eat and then go to recess? Probably won't send them home, unless they need clean clothes. Were they just sniffling away & it's mostly mucus? I don't send them home.

    Fever, not acting like themselves & throwing up? They need to go home.
     
  14. olivecoffee

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    The district I'm student teaching in, which is also the one my son is in, has a strict policy on fevers and vomiting. If a child vomits, they are immediately sent home. My son vomitted on the second to last day of school because his breakfast didn't sit well with him. He had to stay home for 24 hours vomit-free before he could go back. He missed the last day, but all was well. The teacher has no say, it's just an automatic send home.
     
  15. readingrules12

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    School policy is that parents are always notified if a child throws up. If there is no fever and the child throws up, the child sometimes still returns to the classroom after some time in the nurse's office. Usually they are sent home.
     
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    Vomit = time to go home!
     
  17. missrebecca

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    Just had a kid vomit today. She went to the nurse and came back to class saying she was told to "relax."

    Granted, she was in the time-out chair when she had to throw up. Guess the nurse thought it was stress? I really hope my kids aren't stress-vomiting. :confused:
     

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