Contact Student Health Services
Forest Hills Public Schools – Student Health Services
3775 Leonard NE Suite A
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Hours: M-F, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (616) 493-8635
Fax: (616) 493-8636
Health and Wellness Coordinator
The goal of the Health and Wellness Coordinator is to be an advocate for our students with any type of disease process or medical issue that needs to be addressed while at school. The coordinator works with schools to provide a safe and healthy school environment. The coordinator provides education and guidance to school staff on issues related to school health.
- Medical Authorization Form
- Administering Medication to Students Guidelines
- Health Appraisal Information
- Health Appraisal Form
Immunization Information (Vaccine & Vaccinations)
- 2015-16 School Year Immunization Information
- Required Childhood Immunizations for Michigan School Settings (MDHHS)
- Click here for information on how to obtain immunization records from the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR)
Lice is a common problem in schools today. It is crucial that schools AND parents/guardians work together to control the issue of lice and the continuous cycle it creates.
If lice or nits are detected on your child, please treat IMMEDIATELY. There are home remedies, prescription and non-prescription (OTC) options. You can discuss these options with your pharmacist or physician. Note: some OTC medications have an increased resistance to some lice; so don’t give up if the first line of treatment does not work for you.
Lice will move and become dark after they have had a feeding. Nits look like clear water drops attached to a strain of hair. Even if they are not viable, more than a ¼ inch away from the scalp, they remain attached to the hair until they are combed out with a lice comb or pulled out a strain at a time. Both are extremely small.
- Lice do not fly, jump or hop. They do not have wings.
- Lice need human blood and warmth found near the scalp to survive. They will die within 24-48 hours outside of this environment.
- Adult lice can live up to 3 weeks and can lay 5-10 eggs a day.
- Nits take about 7-9 days to hatch.
- Signs to watch for are itching, especially the back of the neck area and around the ears. What do you need to do to stop the cycle?
- Treat the infestation! Assess other family members for lice for the next 7-10 days. Do not treat if there are no lice found.
- Instruct your child not to share combs, brushes, hair accessories, hats, scarves, and helmets.
- Girls should keep hair back in a ponytail, if possible.
- Do not send your child to bed with wet hair.
- Lice do not like hair products such as hairspray, gels, etc.
- Treat your home environment:
- Wash bedding, towels and recently worn clothes in hot water and dry on high heat, at least 130 degrees.
- Soak combs and brushes in hot water (130 degrees) for 10 minutes.
- Bag items that cannot be laundered, such as stuffed animals and pillows for 2 weeks.
- Vacuum floors, rugs and furniture.
- Use lint roller on car seats, and sport helmets.
- Backpacks and coats should be dried on high heat (130 degrees) for 30 minutes.
We need your help to stop the cycle of lice. Please take the time to help eradicate lice as soon as possible from school and from your home. If you receive a letter home stating that lice have been detected in your child’s classroom, please check your child’s scalp for the next 7-10 days to help eliminate any further lice contamination.
Thank you for your help.
Our goal in giving you these guidelines is to reduce the spread of communicable disease at school and to promote a healthy environment for students attending school. They were created to help you in your decision making process as to whether to send your child to school or to keep your child at home.
Your child should remain home until lesions have crusted. For cases with non-crusting lesions: until lesions are fading or until no new lesions occur.
Cold with mild symptoms such as stuffy nose with clear drainage, mild cough
Should I keep my child home from school? No. Your child may attend school if he or she is able to participate in school activities.
Should I keep my child home from school? Yes. Keep your child home if the cough is persistent and productive coupled with thick or constant nasal drainage.
Should I keep my child home from school? Yes. Child should be kept home for 24 hours after the last episode of diarrhea without the use of any medication.
Should I keep my child home from school? Yes. Child should be kept home if earache is accompanied by unusual drainage or has other symptoms such as a fever.
Should I keep my child home from school? Yes. Child should stay home if their temperature is 100 degrees or more. Child must be fever free for 24 hours without medication before returning to school.
Should I keep my child home from school? No. By the time the rash appears, children are no longer contagious and do not need to stay home.
Hand Foot Mouth Disease
Should I keep my child home from school? No. If secretions from blisters can be contained, child does not need to stay home.
Should I keep my child home from school? Yes. Child may return after their hair has been treated. Please see the Lice page on the FHPS district website under Health Information for further instructions on taking care of Lice at home.
Should I keep my child home from school? Yes. Child may return to school 24 hours after treatment starts. Sores should be covered when child returns to school.
Influenza type illness
Should I keep my child home from school? Yes. Child with Influenza-like illness (fever with a cough or sore throat) should stay home for 24 hours after fever has resolved without medication and cough has subsided.
Should I keep my child home from school? Yes. Child with mumps should stay home from school for a total of five days after the symptoms begin.
Pink Eye (conjunctivitis)
Should I keep my child home from school? Yes. Child may return 24 hours after treatment is started.
Should I keep my child home from school? No. Poison Ivy is not contagious, so a child does not need to stay home. Open lesions should be covered when child is at school.
Should I keep my child home from school? No. Child may come to school as long as the area is being treated and that it remains covered when the child is at school. Student should exclude from contact sports and swimming until treatment has been initiated.
Should I keep my child home from school? Yes. Child may return to school 24 hours after treatment has started and when fever is no longer present.
Should I keep my child home from school? Yes. Child should be kept home for 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting without the use of any medication.
Should I keep my child home from school? Yes. Child should not come to school until 5 days of appropriate treatment or he/she will need to be out of school for 21 days after the onset of symptoms.
Rashes can be caused by many things, a few of which may be contagious. A sudden appearance of a rash over any part of the body with an unknown cause and accompanied by fever or other symptoms should be evaluated by a doctor.
Generally, your child may return to school when he/she is free of signs and symptoms of illness.
If your child comes to school sick or becomes ill at school, we will call you and ask that you pick up your child immediately. If we cannot reach you, we will call your emergency contact person to pick up your child. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION IS ALWAYS UP TO DATE. If there is an extreme emergency regarding your child 911 will be called. We will make every effort to contact you.