ESPECIALLY DURING THE WINTER MONTHS, CHANCES ARE CHILDREN WILL GET SICK DURING THE WEEK, AND IT CAN BE DIFFICULT TO DECIDE WHEN TO SEND THEM TO SCHOOL. ATTENDANCE IS IMPORTANT, BUT STUDENT HEALTH IS PARAMOUNT. BELOW ARE SOME GUIDELINES TO HELP YOU DECIDE WHEN IT IS APPROPRIATE TO KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL DUE TO ILLNESS.
GUIDELINES FOR SENDING SICK CHILDREN TO SCHOOL
Deciding when a child is too sick to go to school can be a difficult decision for parents to make. When trying to decide, you can use the guidelines below to help you.
GO to School – If your child has any of the following symptoms, they should probably go to school:
·Sniffles, a runny nose and a mild cough without a fever (this could be an allergic response to dust, pollen or seasonal changes)
·Vague complaints of aches, pains or fatigue
·Single episode of diarrhea or vomiting without any other symptoms
STAY at Home – If your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep your child at home or make appropriate child care arrangements:
·EYES – thick mucus 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 of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Remember that a child must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.
·STREP THROAT-the child may return to school after 24 hours of antibiotics.
·VOMITING OR DIARRHEA– vomiting or diarrhea two (2) or more times within the past 24 Hours.
·LICE, SCABIES – children may not return to school until they have been treated.
If you are unsure of the need to keep your child home, please feel free to contact your school’s nurse.
*IF YOUR CHILD SHOWS ANY OF THE ABOVE SYMPTOMS AT SCHOOL, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THAT CHILD TO BE PICKED UP FROM SCHOOL WITHIN A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF TIME.
*Students are not permitted to stay in the health room all day because a parent/guardian is working.