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When to Keep Your Child Home from School

Dear Parents/Guardians:

 

As the school nurse, our priority is to keep all of our students healthy and in school. There are many illness-causing germs that can spread quickly through a classroom. Good hand washing habits are taught and encouraged at each school, which helps to decrease the spread of illnesses. However, simply washing hands is not enough to stop the spread of illness. If your student is not feeling well please refer to the following guidelines to determine whether or not, he/she should be at school.

  

Symptom

Student should NOT  attend school

Student CAN attend school

Fever

Any temperature that is above 100.3

Temperature must remain below 100.5 for 24 hours without fever medication.

Cough

Frequent or uncontrollable, producing mucous or accompanied by a fever

Infrequent, no mucous and no fever.

Diarrhea or Vomiting

One episode of vomiting.

More than one occurrence of diarrhea

Must be 24 hours free of vomiting; single incident of diarrhea with no other symptoms.

Sore Throat

If your student has fever, cough, or thick drainage from his or her nose

No other symptoms other than sore throat.

“Pink Eye”

Conjunctivitis

Eye is red with complaint of burning or itching; crusty, white or yellow drainage noted from the eye

Bacterial conjunctivitis: after 24 hours of antibiotics

Viral Conjunctivitis: with a note from Dr. to return to school

Rash

Any child with a rash that has not been evaluated by a Dr.

Rash free or written release from doctor.

 

Thank you for your cooperation!