School Health Services
It is sometimes difficult to decide when and how long to keep an ill child home from school. The timing of the absence is often important in order to decrease the spread of disease to others, and to prevent your child from acquiring any other illness while his/her resistance is lowered. The following guidelines represent the more common childhood illnesses and the usual recommendations of the School Nursing Services.
CHICKEN POX: Your child should remain home until all blisters have scabbed over, usually 5-7 days after the appearance of the first crop of blisters.
COMMON COLD: Your child should remain home if symptoms are serious enough to interfere with your child's ability to learn.
FEVER: If your child's temperature is 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater she/he should remain home until she/he has been without fever for a full 24 hours. Remember fever is a symptom indicating the presence of an illness.
FLU: Abrupt onset of fever, chills headache and sore muscles. Your child should remain home from school until symptoms are gone and the child is without fever for 24 hours.
HEAD LICE: Following lice infestation, your child may return to school after receiving treatment and all nits have been removed. School personnel must do a head check, before re-entering the classroom.
IMPETIGO: Your child should remain home from school until receiving 48 hours of antibiotic therapy and sores are no longer draining.
PAIN: If your child complains, or behavior indicates, that she/he is experiencing persistent pain, she/he should be evaluated by a physician before your child is sent to school.
PINKEYE: Your child should remain home from school until receiving 24 hours of antibiotic therapy and discharge from the eyes has stopped.
SKIN RASHES: Skin rashes of unknown origin should be evaluated by a physician before your child goes to school.
STREP THROAT AND SCARLET FEVER: Your child should remain home from school until receiving a full 24 hours of antibiotic therapy and until he/she is without fever or vomiting for 24 hours.
VOMITING AND DIARRHEA: Your child should remain at home until vomiting, diarrhea or fever has ceased for a full 24 hours. If your child has had any of these symptoms during the night she/he should not be sent to school the following day.
CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN FOR THE MOST ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT!