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Message from the Nurse's Office...

Dear parents and care providers:

Healthy children learn better, and our goal is to keep our children as healthy as possible.  It is sometimes hard to decide whether to send your child to school or keep him home.  We’ll share some guidelines that we hope will help.

For your general information, doctors may or may not treat upper respiratory infections with antibiotics.  This could be because the source of the illness is viral and not bacterial.  Just because antibiotics aren’t given, your child could still pass the illness to others.   Please keep your child home, especially during the beginning phase of illness, while they are acting fatigued, cranky, not eating or lethargic.  If the symptoms turn out to be the common cold, they may return to school when they are feeling better.

If it is determined by your doctor that your child has an illness that may have been spread to others, for example, strep throat, impetigo or whooping cough, contact your child’s site secretary or the site LVN as soon as possible so that other families can be notified.

Keep Students Home When:

  • Fever over 100 degrees or greater

  • May return to school when the student is fever free for 24 hours.

  • Vomiting or diarrhea: Keep your child home for 24 hours after the last episode of diarrhea or vomiting.

  • Rashes- all new skin rashes not yet evaluated by a doctor, including impetigo and scabies.  Always call your doctor about unknown skin rashes to determine the cause and if they are contagious.