Upper Elementary School Nurse

Phone: (315) 557-2605


Degrees and Certifications:

Miss Sabrina Verdgeline

When to Keep a Child Home from School

  • Dear Parents/Guardians:

    Please keep your child home and/or contact your child’s doctor for:

    -Fever greater than 100.0 degrees (your child needs to be fever free without medication for at least 24 hours to return to school)
    -Sore throat
    -Vomiting and/or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
    -Fatigue or muscle/body aches
    -Loss of taste or smell
    -Congestion or runny nose (without diagnosis of allergies)

    *These are the same reasons that you may be contacted to pick up your child from school.*

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be hard to know when to send children to school. Usually, the best place for them is in school, but there are some times when keeping them home to rest or calling your health care provider for further direction is recommended.

    If your child has any of the symptoms noted above, he/she will need to stay home from school until:

    -He/she is fever and symptom free for at least 24 hours.


    -He/she has been seen by a medical provider who has diagnosed him/her with a condition other than COVID-19. We will need a return to school note stating the condition and that the student is “free from communicable disease.”


    -He/she has a COVID test and a negative result is provided to school. Your student will need to remain home until the test result is available. A negative test result needs to be sent to school and reviewed prior to your student returning.


    -You can keep your student home for 14 days from the onset of symptoms.

    This information is from the Westmoreland Central School District’s COVID-19 Reopening Safety Plan. Click here to view the plan.

    Thank you in advance. If you have any questions, please contact me at (315) 557-2631.


    Sabrina Verdgeline, RN
    School Nurse
    Upper Elementary School