Every year, a number of students become ill for many reasons, including exposure to other ill children in the classroom. To help you make decisions about whether your child should attend school, we have put together a list of guidelines.
- Fever of 100.4° or higher. A child must be fever-free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication) before returning to school.
- Persistent cough.
- Sore throat with fever and/or white spots on the throat. If strep throat is diagnosed, the child must be on medication and fever-free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication) before returning to school.
- Rash with/without fever and/or signs of illness or behavioral changes. (i.e. chicken pox, measles, etc.) Even non-contagious rash conditions can be a symptom of a health threat....even if it is just unsightly, uncomfortable or itchy. Medical attention may be needed to reduce symptoms or disease risks.
- Skin sores on an exposed surface that are weeping fluid and cannot be covered.
- Vomited (not caused by motion sickness or a gag reflex unassociated with illness) A child must be free of symptoms for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Diarrhea of two (2) or more loose/watery stools in a 24-hour period unless other signs of illness are present. A child must be free of symptoms for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Red, itchy, and purulent draining eyes. If conjunctivitis or “pink eye” is diagnosed, the child must be on medication for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Prolonged and/or persistent headache or stomachache that does not resolve.
- Swelling or pain at a level that may interfere with learning.
- Earache with severe discomfort and/or fever.
- Toothache with facial swelling and/or fever.
- Active (live) Head Lice. A child must remain at home until treatment with pediculicide. A child may return to school if there are no live lice present. Please notify the Health Office as the student must be cleared to attend class.
If you are contacted because it has been determined your child should not be in school, please make arrangements as soon as possible for them to be picked up to ensure the health and safety of other students.
Please feel free to contact the school health office with any questions. Thank you.
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