Nurse's Corner




Kent County Health Department is working directly with Sparta Area Schools to make Kent County a healthier place to live. The State of Michigan requires schools to report the possible occurrence of any communicable disease to the local public health department on a weekly basis (Public Act 368 of 1978). To assist the school in reporting possible communicable diseases to the Health Department and prevent the spread of illness, please be as specific as possible when reporting your child's absence. When calling in for a child, please include a description of the symptoms of the illness (vomiting, diarrhea, fever, rash, etc.) and report the type of disease (if known) and who diagnosed the illness. Please inform the school if any suspected illness is later confirmed by a physician. Your cooperation with Sparta Area Schools and Kent County Health Department is greatly appreciated.



Sometimes it can be difficult figuring out if your child is ill and contagious enough to be kept home or if they are well enough to be sent to school. Here is a quick checklist to help you make this, what can sometimes be difficult, decision. Please keep your child home from school if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever 100 degrees or higher
  • Severe headache or stomachache
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Severe sore throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Persistent cough
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Skin eruptions or open sores
  • Red and discharging eyes

Please remember that our school policy is your child must be fever free without any fever reducing medication for 24 hours before they may return to school.
Please notify the school if your child has been diagnosed with or you suspect they have a communicable disease such as chicken pox, impetigo, fifth disease, head lice, pink eye, scabies, strep throat, etc… This allows us to take proper precautions to try to prevent the spread of communicable diseases throughout the school and provide your child with a healthy and safe learning environment.



Getting your children immunized is an important way to protect their health. Make sure your child receives regular checkups at your doctor's office or local health clinic. Keep a record of your child's vaccinations. Provide the school with a copy of your child's vaccinations. If you wish to waive your child's immunizations, a waiver form is available in the school office.

Immunization requirements for children attending Michigan Schools:

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis-4 doses (Must have 1 dose within last 10 years)
  • Polio-3doses
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella-2 doses
  • Hepatitis B-3doses
  • Varicella (Chickenpox)-1dose (2 doses if first dose was after 13 birthday) or History of disease

It is our goal here in Sparta School District to provide your children with a safe and healthy environment in which to learn. Please notify the school as soon as possible of any medical concerns that your child may have. This information will help us meet your child's medical needs here at school. Please understand that this information is kept confidential and shared on a need to know basis only.



As you know from your own experience, a good night sleep and a healthy breakfast make a big difference in a child's day. Please encourage your child to get to bed on time and eat a healthy breakfast. This will help give them the energy they need to make it through a busy day at school. It also helps keep their immune system strong, which will help keep your child healthy.



  • The student's parent/guardian will give the school written permission and request the school to administer medication to their child. This permission will be kept on record by the school.
  • Written instructions from a physician for prescription medications will include the name of the student, name of medication, dosage of the medication, route of administration, and time the medication is to be given to the student. This permission will be kept on record by the school
  • The permission by parent/guardian and physician instructions for administration of medications shall be renewed every school year.
  • All prescription medication shall be kept in a labeled container as prepared by a pharmacy or physician with the student's name, the name of the medication, dosage, and the frequency of administration. Labeled containers will be kept until the end of the school year.
  • Any non-prescribed (over-the-counter) medications will be accepted in original containers only.
  • It is recommended that medications be brought to the school by the student's parent/guardian.
  • All medication, both prescription and non-prescription (over-the counter), must be kept in the health room. Students are not to carry any medication on themselves. Exceptions can be made for emergency medications such as asthma inhalers and Epipens for severe allergic reactions. Special written permission must be given by parents and Dr. and approved by school nurse and administration for students to carry their emergency medications on themselves and self medicate. This permission will be kept on record by the school.
  • No changes to medication dosage or time of administration of medications will be made except by instructions from a physician.
  • Parental/guardian request and physician's instructions for administration of medications shall be renewed every school year.
  • Medications (prescribed and over-the-counter) left over at the end of the school year, or after a student has left the district, should be picked up by the parent/guardian. If this is not done, the school nurse will dispose of the medication and record the disposal of the medication on the medication log. This procedure will be witnessed and initialed by a second adult.


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