Illness Guidelines for School
- Children who have temperatures of 100.0 (Fahrenheit) or above should not attend school. Children should remain home until their temperature has been normal (98.6 degrees), without any fever reducing medication for up to 48 hours.
- Children who have cold symptoms such as: a constant runny nose, with abnormal color (green, yellow, or white) or thick nasal discharge, constant coughing, or lung congestion should not be in school.
- Children who have been diagnosed with an infection and have been placed on medication should not return to school until they have taken the medication for up to 48 hours after the first dose.
- Children who have had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours should not attend school for up to 48 hours.
- Children who have an undiagnosed skin rash or open skin lesion should not be in school.
- Children who have red, inflamed eyes with a thick discharge and have a fever and/or behavioral changes should not be in school.
If any of the above signs and symptoms are present at school, the parent will be contacted to pick up the child. We do not want children to miss school, but keeping sick children home will improve everyone's attendance and health in the long run.
If any of the above signs and symptoms last longer than 48 hours, please contact your child's school nurse before they return to school.
If your child is hospitalized or treated for an infectious disease, please provide your child's school a written statement from the health care provider that your child is no longer contagious and is cleared to return to school.
Good Rules for Good Health
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water often AND use hand sanitizers between washings.
- Take a bath or shower every day.
- Keep cuts and scrapes very clean.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Eat a variety of good, healthy food every day
- Brush your teeth after meals, when you wake up in the morning, and before going to bed at night.
- Do not share drinking or eating tools with others, or put your mouth on something others have had their hands or mouths on.
- Get lots of rest.
- Do some kind of physical activity every day.
- Get regular doctor and dental check-ups, as well as all the immunizations required.