A student will be sent home from school when exhibiting any of the following symptoms:

  1. Fever of 100 degrees or higher
  2. Red eyes with thick whitish drainage
  3. Undiagnosed rash
  4. Vomiting
  5. Diarrhea
  6. Severe cold symptoms (cough and congestion)

Parents should not allow their child to return to school until the child has been free of fever, vomiting, or diarrhea for a full 24 hours without medication.

Important note regarding Influenza: If the flu is physician diagnosed, students will be excluded from school for five (5) days following onset of illness or duration of illness if the case is immune-compromised.


When a student requires medication while at school, Gardner Edgerton USD 231's health care staff will work with the parent and physician to ensure the student receives the correct dosage of medication at the proper time(s). All medications administered by a Nurse, Building Health Assistant or trained/delegated staff member will meet the following requirements:

  1. A written order from the student’s physician is required for all prescription medications and for any medications not included in number four below. These orders must be renewed at the beginning of each school year. In addition, a new order is required when any changes are made to the original order. The order must include: student name, date, name of the medication, dosage given at school, time of administration and route of administration.
  2. All medications must be brought in by an adult in the original containers and/or packaging. Prescription medications must have a current pharmacy label.
  3. The receipt of all prescription medications will be counted and documented by a member of the Health Services Team while the parent/guardian is present. In addition, a Medication Acknowledgement form will be sent home with the parent/guardian to verify the product and amount received (duplicate records will be maintained in the School Health Office).
  4. An annual parental consent form is required for administration of the following non-prescription medications: acetaminophen, ibuprofen, antacids, cough drops, lotions, creams, ointments.

Please contact your child's school nurse for additional information on how medications (prescription and non-prescription) are dispensed during the regular school day. In addition, please know that USD 231 follows the Johnson County Health Department Exclusion Recommendations.

Anything over the counter like congestion medicine, Benadryl, cough syrup, etc. will still need a doctor's order to be given at school; the note will still need student name, date, name of medication, dosage given at school, time of administration, route of administration and how long they will need to take this at school. Please do not send medication with your child to school without a doctors note. Thank you.
phone: 913-856-3917
email: zimmermanb@usd231.com