Health Information

The goal of Hampstead School District Health Services is to encourage, support and educate all students to become lifelong learners with the ability to make positive choices that effect their health and well-being.

Deborah Houston, MSN, RN
(603) 329-6326 X1225

Susan Dauer, BSN, RN
(603) 329-6743 X2111

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"Letter to Parents of entry-Level Students"

Current Information from the Health Office

Parent guide to talking about coronavirus.pdf

Stop the Spread of Germs

When to Stay Home from School

When can my child return to school?:

Sick children of any age should not attend school. Your child will benefit from extra rest and will recover more quickly while minimizing the spread of illness at school. Fever is not the only indicator of illness. Persistent coughing, sneezing, runny nose and fatigue can sometimes be enough to warrant staying home.

Fever - Students with any fever over 100 degrees during the night or morning before school should stay home. Students should be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications such as Tylenol or Motrin before returning to school. For fevers over 101 a call to the doctor may be necessary.

Head Lice - Students with a confirmed case of head lice may return to school after proper treatment. All cases of lice should be reported to the school nurse.

Conjunctivitis (pink eye) - students with crusty, itchy, red eyes with thick yellow drainage should be excluded from school. Once a diagnosis of conjunctivitis is made, the student may return to school after 24 hours of antibiotic treatment.

Strep throat - students with strep throat may return to school after 24 hours of antibiotic treatment and be free of fever.

Staph Infections - all infections should be reported to nurse and all open wounds must be covered while at school/ at school activities.

Rashes - any student with an unusual rash, or rash with fever should be evaluated by physician prior to returning to school.

Vomiting and/or Diarrhea - Students should be kept home for any episodes of vomiting or diarrhea occurring within 24 hours of the school day. Students may return to school once free of vomiting/diarrhea for 24 hours and they are able to eat and drink.

When should my child see a doctor?:

Make an appointment with your health care provider if your child has the following, more serious symptoms or conditions:

Earache - A health care provider should evaluate ear pain or discharge.

Strep throat - If your child has any indications of strep—a very sore throat, high fever, pus on tonsils, or tender lymph nodes—take the child to be evaluated.

Eye problems - A child with eye pain or a sudden change in vision should see an eye doctor.

Severe vomiting and diarrhea - Although mild or infrequent diarrhea and vomiting can be treated at home, there’s a danger of dehydration if your child has been repeatedly vomiting or has very loose and frequent bowel movements. Vomit that is very green or appears bloody may also be worrisome. Call or see your provider for advice.

Lingering symptoms that last for more than two or three days. A child who has a headache, stomachache, mild fever, or another symptom that doesn’t respond to home care after several days should be seen by a health care provider.

High fever - Take your child to your health care provider if fever rises above 104 degrees or fever is persistent. Fever is a sign that your child's immune system is fighting an infection naturally. Although it can make a child feel uncomfortable, fever itself is rarely serious. However, if your child continues to act very ill when the fever is down or seems to be getting worse, call your child's doctor. 

Unusual symptoms - Call the health care provider if your child shows no other symptoms but is lethargic, hyperactive, or clumsy. Such subtle behavioral symptoms can be signs of depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, or other conditions that require medical care.