WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL
Here are some guidelines from your School Nurse to answer the questions:
"Should I keep my child home from school?"
Please keep your child home if he or she:
- Has a fever of 100 or higher before taking medication to reduce the fever.
- Has been vomiting or having persistent diarrhea in the last 24 hours.
- Has excessive tiredness or lack of appetite.
- Has an intense headache, sore throat, body aches, chills or an earache.
- Has a persistent, productive cough, which has kept them up at night.
Example: You are called at 11AM because your child threw up or had a fever over 100 (the reason was not an ear infection or UTI) please do not send your child to school again until they are fever or vomit free for 24 hours. We realize this can be hard but we also have to keep the other children healthy.
"When should I send my child back to school?"
Colds and flu can be contagious for at least 48 hours. Returning to school too soon may slow the recovery process and expose other children unnecessarily to illness. Please keep your child at home until:
- His/her fever has been gone for 24 hours without medication.
- He/she has not had vomiting or diarrhea during the last 24 hours.
- If given antibiotics, he/she has taken the antibiotics for at least 24 hours.
- His/her appetite and energy level have returned to normal.
For any other Communicable Disease or Illness you may question - first look at the guideline below "Am I Well Enough" If you are still wondering then please call the Health Services Staff. These are the guidelines we primarily follow also when sending your child home from school, we also check with their teacher about their participation level and in general how were they acting today.Here is a link to show how to properly wash your hands. Great review with your children every month to help keep them healthy.Hand washing is the first line of defense against germs.Here is a link to show how to cover your cough, with a nice poster that you can print and put up anywhere.
Student Injury: Health Service Staff will provide first aid, and 911 will be called for serious or life threatening emergencies. Whenever possible the parent/guardian will be notified by phone. If parent/guardian cannot be reached, the emergency contact person listed on the annual health census form will be contacted.