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School Health Services

Parent's Health Guide

Student Health Guidelines

When should your child stay home because of illness?

FEVER: greater than 100 degrees.

VOMITING: return 24 hours after vomiting

DIARRHEA: return 24 hours after diarrhea

RASH: rash that is open and draining or a rash with a fever

STREP THROAT, IMPETIGO: return after 24 hours of treatment with antibiotic

SCABIES, RINGWORM:  must be treated before returning to school

CHICKEN POX: child may return to school 5-7 days after onset of rash, with all sores dry and scabbed over

Please notify your child’s school if your child is absent due to illness or injury.

If your child has a serious illness or injury that affects school participation, please notify your school principal or school nurse so a plan can be implemented to meet your child’s needs.


Students who become ill or injured at school will be seen in the health room by trained staff. If your child is unable to return to class, a parent will be contacted. For your child’s comfort please make arrangements to pick them up as soon as possible.

Health and Screening Programs

Physical Examinations

It is recommended that Kindergarten students have physical, dental and vision examinations prior to school entrance.


    The School District of La Crosse provides a vision screening program at your child’s school for kindergarten students and those in grades 1, 3 and 5. Your help would be greatly appreciated–call your child’s school office if you are interested in volunteering to help with vision screening.


    Hearing screening is done for students in kindergarten and 1st grade. The screening is done by the speech and language clinicians.


    Please give medications at home whenever possible. However, if medication is needed during the school day, the following is necessary:

    Prescription Medication
    1. A doctor’s signature with written instruction
    2. Written consent from the parent for the school to give the medication.
    3. Medication is in a properly labeled prescription bottle.

    Non-prescription Medication
    1. Written consent from the parent with instructions for the school to give the medication.
    2. Medication must be in the original container.

    Medication forms are available on our district website (Medication Page), at your school or local clinic.

    Students may not carry medication at school with the exception of prescription inhalers and epinephrine auto injectors with a doctor’s written permission. 

    Parents/guardians are requested to please deliver medication to the school office.

    A new medication form is needed each time the medication is changed.

    A new medication form is needed for each school year.

    Immunizations: “It’s the Law”

    The law requires students through grade 12 to be immunized according to their age/grade by the beginning of the school year.

    Immunization is a shared responsibility


    Parents are required to have their children immunized on schedule and keep accurate records. If a student is unable to receive immunizations for medical, religious or personal conviction reasons, a waiver must be signed.

    Schools are required to keep records and review annually the Immunization Law (s. 252.04 Wis. Stats.).

    When students do not meet the requirements of the law, parents are notified by a legal notice.

    Helpful Hints:
    – Keep a copy of you child’s immunization record.

    – Notify your child’s school each time your child receives an immunization.

    For more information on immunizations and to see the Immunization Requirements, please click on the “Immunizations”.

    Enrollment Form and Emergency Information

    It is important for us to reach you if your child is ill, injured or has an emergency at school.

    Please complete the Annual Health Update Form and enrollment form, listing parent’s name with work and home phone numbers, along with two emergency contacts. Call your child’s school with any changes throughout the school year.