Student Health

Illness at School

As specified in the citywide “policies and procedures” handbook, you should keep your child at home for their own welfare and for the protection of others, if he or she has:

1. A fever over 100 degrees during the past 24 hours
2. A cold in the active stages
3. A sore throat and/or swollen neck glands
4. An undiagnosed rash or skin eruptions
5. Vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours
6. Head lice that haven’t been treated.

School personnel assume responsibility for determining whether your child should be sent home because of an illness or condition that begins during school hours. Please do not send your child to school when you suspect a fever, rash, or other signs of illness. Since accidents can happen, the school secretary must have at least three local telephone numbers of friends or neighbors who might be reached in the event that you are not home in an emergency. These numbers must be on file in the school office on the emergency information card.

Medication for Students During School Hours

Every attempt should be made to give your child needed medication before or after school. If medications must be administered at school or during authorized field trips, it must be done under direct and written orders from a licensed physician and with the parent’s written permission. Forms are available in the principal’s office for such requests. Medication must be brought to school in the original container provided by the pharmacist.

The public health nurse at school, when present, has general and overall responsibility for the administration of medication and for the implementation of these procedures. Designated school personnel will administer certain medications to your child under the supervision of the school nurse.

Head Lice

Head Lice are a common problem among school children. If you find that your child has them, please notify the school so that preventive measures can be taken. If you are unfamiliar with the problem, please get in touch with the school nurse or the Health Department, and instructions on how to identify and treat lice will be given.
Click here to see the School District’s Head Lice Policy.


The Newton school district has formulated an allergy policy and guidelines. Zervas will work within these guidelines to create a food allergy policy.
Click here to see the School District’s Food Allergy Policy.