School nurses are often just as busy as teachers when kids return to class

Roanoke City School nurse Heidi Draper says she sees everything from food allergies to seizures when kids come back to school.

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) While teachers are busy when kids head back to school, unfortunately, school nurses often are, too.

Roanoke City school nurse Heidi Draper says when kids come back, she often sees issues like asthma, food allergies, diabetes and seizures.

Once we get into the fall months, that's what she sees more kids with cold and flu symptoms.

Draper says sanitizing school surfaces is the key to preventing illness.

"A lot of the time I'll give teachers some Lysol wipes, and they'll do the desks at the end of the day, the doorknobs also," says Draper.

One big question for parents is, when do I need to keep my child home because of illness?

"We have set guidelines. If they've had diarrhea, vomiting within the past 24 hours or a fever of 100 or greater, then they have to be fever free without medication for 24 hours before they can come back," she says.

Some other health reminders for parents, Draper says make sure incoming kindergartners get a physical and the required vaccines. Incoming sixth graders must have the TDAP vaccine.

Students also need to make sure they go to bed early.

And no sharing in the cafeteria, because of food allergies.