Illness

It is hard sometimes to know when a child should stay home from school and when a child should attempt to come to school, even though they may have a mild illness. When your child is ill and not feeling well, please keep them at home.  

The following information is intended to help with this decision:

1.  If a student has a fever of 99º or more, the student should stay home until they have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.

2.  If a student has vomited or had diarrhea they should stay home until 24 hours after the last episode.

3.  If a student has any unidentified rash, check with your physician/primary care provider before sending him/her to school.

4.  Reddened eye/s, drainage from the eye, crusted shut when waking up in a.m. Please have student see their physician/primary care provider before sending student to school.

5.  Specific illnesses may require a defined period of absence from school, contact the school health office if you have questions.

6. If a student doesn't feel well and appears sick looking (pale, cough, sore throat, body aches, lethargic, etc.).  

7. For strep throat, pink eye, impetigo, and other infections that are contagious in nature and require an antibiotic, a student must be on the antibiotic for 24 hours before returning to school. Please keep them home longer if they are not feeling well or if instructed otherwise by your physician/healthcare provider.  

REMEMBER to inform the school when you intend to keep a student at home for the day (or a time period) for any type of illness/sickness. Please call and let the attendance secretary know first thing in the morning.

Other things to keep in mind:

-If your child gets sick during the school day, we will contact you.  Please have a plan in place if you should get called and your student has to go home from school.  If you cannot be reached, your first and second emergency contacts will be contacted and asked to provide the needed care.

-If your student sees the doctor and you anticipate they are going to have be absent or miss school, then please ask the doctor/primary care provider for a note.  Most clinicians are used to schools needing this.  With the proper authorization signed by your physician/primary care provider, your student will be excused for medical purposes.  This is especially important if your child is having some attendance problems because of reoccurring health issues.  


 

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