Deciding when a child is too sick to go to school can be a difficult decision for parents to make. When trying to decide, please use the guidelines below to help you.
Stay at Home: If your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep your child at home or make appropriate child care arrangements:
• Appearance and Behavior - unusually tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused or irritable. This is sufficient reason to exclude a child.
• Eyes - thick mucous or pus draining from the eye or pink eye. With pink eye (conjunctivitis) you may see a white or yellow discharge, matted eyelids after sleep, eye pain and/or redness.
• Fever - temperature 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Remember that a child must be fever free for 24 hours without medication before returning to school.
• Greenish nose discharge and/or chronic cough - should be seen by a health care provider. 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 (3) or more watery stools in a 24-hour period, especially if the child acts or looks ill.
• Vomiting - two (2) or more times within the past 24 hours
• Rash - body rash, especially with fever or itching. Heat rashes and allergic reactions are not contagious.
• Ear infections without fever - do not need to be excluded, but the child needs to get medical treatment and follow-up. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.
• Cough – your child may bring in non-medicated (non-mentholated) cough drops with a note from you giving permission for the cough drop. They will be stored in the Health Room.
• Lice - children may not return to school until they have been treated and are free of live lice. Make a habit of checking your child’s hair for head lice once a week.
If your child shows any of the above symptoms while at school, it will be necessary to pick him/her up from school. Please make sure all emergency contacts are up to date and plan accordingly. Each student should have at least 3 emergency contacts listed. Students should be picked up within 30 minutes of receiving the phone call from the health room staff.