Notes from the Nurse
Deciding when a child is too sick to go to school and too sick for after school programs can be a difficult decision for parents to make. When trying to decide, use these guidelines to help make the best decision.
Good to Go!
If your child has any of the following symptoms, they can probably go to school:
- Sniffles, runny nose and/or mild coughwithout a fever. This could be an allergic response to dust, pollen or seasonal changes.
- Vague complaintsof aches, pains or fatigue
- Single episodeof diarrhea or vomiting without any other symptoms
If your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep them at home or make appropriate child care arrangements:
- Fever– 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Remember that a child must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Eyes– thick with mucus, pus draining, pink eye. With pink eye you may see white or yellow discharge, matted eyelids after sleep, eye pain and/or redness.
- Chronic Cough and/or green nasal discharge– These conditions may be contagious and require treatment.
- Sore throat– especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck. With Strep throat, the child may return to school after 24 hours on antibiotics.
- Diarrhea– three or more watery stools in a 24 hour period
- Vomiting– two or more times in a 24 hour period
IF YOUR STUDENT SHOWS ANY OF THE ABOVE SYMPTOMS WHILE AT SCHOOL, IT WILL BE NECESSARY FOR YOU TO PICK YOUR STUDENT UP FROM SCHOOL.
Remember: Letting a student attend school or after school events with any of the above symptoms puts other students and staff at risk of getting sick.
While we regret any inconvenience this may cause, in the long run this means fewer lost work/school days and less illness for everyone. Strong and healthy students come to school ready to learn, help us keep ALL our students healthy and well.