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Oxford Public Schools 
Sick Day Guidelines

Please DO NOT send your student to school with the following symptoms of acute illness:
  • Fever is an oral temperature of 100.4 or higher and when most students are contagious. To return to school a student must be fever-free for 24 hours without needing medication such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin) to reduce the fever.
  • Vomiting is the forceful expulsion of stomach contents through the mouth. To return to school a student must not have vomited for  24 hours.
  • Diarrhea is a sudden onset of three or more loose stools in a day. To return to school a student must be free of diarrhea for 24 hours.
  • If Antibiotic treatment is prescribed for any acute illness, then the student needs to have taken 24 hours of medication before returning to school. Re-entry can only occur earlier if the primary care provider has provided documentation that the student is cleared to return.
  • Other symptoms that keeps a student from participating in school, such as:
    • extreme tiredness
    • lack of appetite
    • severe cold symptoms which includes persistent cough or sneezing especially earlier on
    • body aches, earaches, headache
    • Bad sore throat (Please remember that a strep throat is not necessarily accompanied by a fever but can be associated with a stomachache and/or headache. If strep throat is suspected, then the student needs to be seen by a primary care provider for diagnosis and treatment.)
  • Undiagnosed or unknown rash
  • Other untreated skin condition
  • Diagnosis with a serious communicable, such as chicken pox, impetigo, pertussis, or scabies, but not limited to. 
Please know that a student will be sent home if he or she presents to the nurse with one or more of the above symptoms. 

School Absences
If your child is going to be absent from school for ANY reason, please call to let us know. The absentee line can be reached by calling 508-987-6066 then #2 when prompted. A message can be left on the absentee line at any time (24/7). For any extended illnesses please be prepared to provide a doctor's note.

Medications in School

All prescription (Rx) medication that must be given in school requires a physician or nurse practitioner order. The student's physician or nurse practitioner can use his or her own order form or the form that appears below called "medication order form". All medication administration (over-the-counter-OTC or Rx) requires parental/guardian consent. Please find a consent form below called "OTC or Rx consent form".  For the safety and welfare of all students, all medication (OTC or Rx) should be brought in by a parent or guardian, labeled with the student's name in the original, unopened packaging. 

Please be aware that cough drops are not allowed to be given to any child under the age of 12 years according to the annual medical orders provided to all district nurses by our school district physician consultant. Therefore, I would ask that no parent send his or her child into school with cough drops. 

Contacting Your School Nurse
Kathleen Mahoney Schoemer, MSN, RN, CPNP
phone number 508-987-6066
fax number 508-987-2364
email kschoemer@oxps.org




posted Apr 5, 2020, 6:58 PM by Kathleen Schoemer   [ updated Apr 5, 2020, 7:39 PM ]



This YouTube link is a great way to explain social distancing to your child(ren).


posted Mar 18, 2020, 12:51 PM by Kathleen Schoemer   [ updated Mar 18, 2020, 12:54 PM ]

Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick

Follow the steps below:  If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have it, follow the steps below to help protect other people in your home and community.

man in bed
Stay home except to get medical care
  • Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to recover at home. Do not leave, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
  • Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you feel worse or you think it is an emergency.
  • Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
family separated
Separate yourself from other people in your home, this is known as home isolation
  • Stay away from others: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific “sick room” and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available.
  • Limit contact with pets & animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people.
    • Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people with the virus limit contact with animals until more information is known.
    • When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick with COVID-19. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with them. See COVID-19 and Animals for more information.
on the phone with doctor
Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • Call ahead: If you have a medical appointment, call your doctor’s office or emergency department, and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.
man wearing a mask
Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
  • If you are caring for others: If the person who is sick is not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live in the home should stay in a different room. When caregivers enter the room of the sick person, they should wear a facemask. Visitors, other than caregivers, are not recommended.
woman covering their mouth when coughing
Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Cover: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Dispose: Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.
  • Wash hands: Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
washing hands
Clean your hands often
  • Wash hands: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
  • Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
  • Soap and water: Soap and water are the best option, especially if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
don't share
Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Do not share: Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home.
  • Wash thoroughly after use: After using these items, wash them thoroughly with soap and water or put in the dishwasher.
cleaning a counter
Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday

Clean high-touch surfaces in your isolation area (“sick room” and bathroom) every day; let a caregiver clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in other areas of the home.

  • Clean and disinfect: Routinely clean high-touch surfaces in your “sick room” and bathroom. Let someone else clean and disinfect surfaces in common areas, but not your bedroom and bathroom.
    • If a caregiver or other person needs to clean and disinfect a sick person’s bedroom or bathroom, they should do so on an as-needed basis. The caregiver/other person should wear a mask and wait as long as possible after the sick person has used the bathroom.

High-touch surfaces include phones, remote controls, counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.

  • Clean and disinfect areas that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.
  • Household cleaners and disinfectants: Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent if it is dirty. Then, use a household disinfectant.
    • Be sure to follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product. Many products recommend keeping the surface wet for several minutes to ensure germs are killed. Many also recommend precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
    • Most EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective. A full list of disinfectants can be found hereexternal icon.
taking temperature
Monitor your symptoms
  • Seek medical attention, but call first: Seek medical care right away if your illness is worsening (for example, if you have difficulty breathing).
    • Call your doctor before going in: Before going to the doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them your symptoms. They will tell you what to do.

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) A Parent Resource

posted Mar 18, 2020, 11:41 AM by Kathleen Schoemer   [ updated Mar 19, 2020, 9:56 AM ]

Link below will open an excellent resource for parents and caregivers entitled Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

posted Mar 9, 2020, 2:35 PM by Kathleen Schoemer   [ updated Mar 9, 2020, 2:49 PM ]


"There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website

For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers."

*Copied directly from the CDC website.


posted Dec 1, 2017, 6:06 AM by Kathleen Schoemer   [ updated Mar 30, 2020, 6:57 AM ]


Please remember in schools, especially at the elementary level, it is not a question if there will be cases of head lice it is when will there be cases of head lice. Hopefully, you find the attached links helpful. If you require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

For the Oxford Public Schools policy on head lice, please refer to the document below called "Policy Regarding Pediculosis". General information on head lice for parents and teachers can be found at the following link:

Letters from Your School Nurse

posted Dec 1, 2017, 5:56 AM by Kathleen Schoemer   [ updated Mar 25, 2020, 1:33 PM ]

Medication Forms for School

posted Feb 11, 2016, 9:29 AM by Kathleen Schoemer   [ updated Dec 1, 2017, 6:02 AM ]

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