Should I keep my child home or send him or her to school?
Do not send your child to school if any of the following symptoms or conditions were present in the last 24 hours. You may be asked to take your child home if your child:
- Has a fever of 100 degrees or higher. Student may return to scholl when the temperature returns to normal (98.6) for 24 hours without the help of medication.
- Has been vomiting and/or diarrhea. If you child has two or more espisodes during the previous eveningor night they may not attend school. Call you child's healthcare provider if symptoms continue for more than 48 hours, your child has a fever or his/her condition worsens.
- Has a rash with a fever. May return to school after medical evaluation has determined not to be communicable.
- Has bacterial infection. Your child may return to school after taking prescribed antibiotics for 24 hours.
- Purulent drainage from the eye(s) does not improve when any discharge that is present is wiped from the eye(s). If child complains of eye pain with redness, child should be see healthcare provider.
- Has live lice. Student may return to school after they have been treated. Please contact school health clinic staff and/or district nurse if you need information on treating lice.
- Scabies or other parasite infections.
- Untreated infected skin patches that have weeping fluid.
- Has been prescribed narcotics and are currently taking them. Students are not permitted to take narcotics while at school. The student should return to school once their pain can be controlled by Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen.
- Has symptoms that prevent him or her from participating in school, such as:
- Excessive tiredness, pale, difficult to wake, confused or irritable, lack of appetite
- Productive coughing, sneezing
- Continuos coughing
- Headache, body aches, earache
- Sore throat
- A minor sore throat is usually not a problem, but severe sore throat could be strep throat even if there is no fever. Other symptoms of strep throat are headache and stomach upset. Contact your pediatrician as your child needs a special test to determine if it is strep throat.
If you are unsure about whether to send your child to school, please contact the school health clinic staff with any questoins you may have.