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Reminders on when to remain at home

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As a reminder as the cold and flu season are upon us, sending your student to school sick increases the chance of other students becoming ill. Please review and follow these guidelines to help support your student as well as those that may be immunocompromised or medically fragile within our school community.

 

Symptoms Requiring Students to Remain at Home or Be Sent Home from School

Symptom

Description

Fever

If a student has a temperature over 100 F, the student must stay home from school. The student must be fever free without fever reducing medicine for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school.

Diarrhea

2 or more episodes of runny, watery stools in a 24 hour period. Students should remain at home for 24 hours post last episode of diarrhea.

Vomiting

2 or more episodes of vomiting in a 24 hour period. Students should remain at home for 24 hours post last episode of vomiting.

Body Rash

Body rashes in children can be common. However, if the rash is accompanied by a fever, the student should remain home/see their primary care physician. If a rash appears to be crusty or “oozing”, the student should be taken to their primary car provider for diagnosis and receive a note to return to school.

Sore Throat

If your student is diagnosed with strep throat, the student must be on antibiotics for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school.

Eye Discharge

Thick mucous or pus draining from the eye or “pink eye.” The student must remain home until treated with antibiotics for at least 24 hours and symptoms resolve, or a note from the child’s physician to return to school.

Earache

If persistent or if accompanied by fever or discharge from the ear, student should be seen by physician. The child must be fever free for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school.

Runny Nose/Cough

Runny noses and coughs can be common, however, if your student has thick yellow or green discharge or has an excessive uncontrollable or painful cough, the student should remain home.

Head Lice

When a case of lice is identified, the student will be sent home where they should receive treatment for lice. The student may be readmitted only after the school nurse has evaluated and confirmed that the treatment has been effective.





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