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Communicable Illness

List of 2 items.

  • Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

    Conjunctivitis is an infection of the transparent membrane (conjunctiva) of the eye. It is commonly caused by a bacterial, viral or allergic reaction. Pink eye is contagious, therefore it is important to get treatment and to stay home for 24 hours after antibiotic drops have begun. Although pink eye is irritating, it rarely affects vision.
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  • Head Lice

    • Outbreaks of head lice are common among children in schools.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), current evidence does not support classroom or school-wide screening for head lice to reduce the number of head lice infestations among school children.  Excluding children from school because of head lice is not recommended. 
    • If it is discovered your child has head lice during school hours, the nurse will inform parents with a phone call.  The student may complete the school day but will be re-checked before entering class the following day to make sure treatment was successful.
First, please let us assure you that communicable diseases are a very common occurrence among children. There is neither shame nor guilt if your child should contract one of these illnesses. It is all part of growing up and handwashing goes a long way in prevention.

Please contact the school clinic if you have any questions.

Lower/Middle School Campus:  561.472.3427
     Jodi Benedetto, LPN

Upper School Campus:  561.472.3448
     Mary Beth Donaldson, RN  marybeth.donaldson@thebenjaminschool.or

When to keep your child home:

Children need to be healthy to learn. They should have adequate sleep and a good breakfast before school. If your child shows any of the following signs, he/she should be kept home.
  • Fever 100.4 or higher in the past 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing agent such as Tylenol and/or Ibuprofen.
  • Vomiting in the past 24 hours.
  • Diarrhea in the past 24 hours.
  • Undiagnosed Rash.
  • Frequent uncontrolled cough.
  • An open or oozing sore: unless it is properly covered with a bandage that will not leak wound drainage while at school.
  • Strep Throat - must be on antibiotics for 24 hours.
  • Conjunctivitis (Pinkeye) must be on antibiotic eye drops for 24 hours.

Statement About Injuries

If your child needs to be restricted from PE/sports or recess for any reason, a note is required from a physician. If an injury has been sustained requiring crutches, cast, splinting, or any supportive device, please notify the school nurses before your child returns to school. A doctor’s note explaining the nature of the injury and any necessary accommodations/restrictions is required. A clearance note from the physician is required to resume physical activities.
A premier PK3 - Grade 12 independent, coeducational day school with campuses in North Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens. Since 1960, The Benjamin School has provided a challenging college preparatory education to a diverse student body in a structured, nurturing community environment.
After hours emergency contact:
Leslie Downs/Chief Operating Officer
Ph:  561.657.0075 or 561.747.0585