HELPFUL HINTS FROM THE NURSE’S OFFICE
SICK CHILDREN … SEND THEM TO SCHOOL OR KEEP THEM HOME?
People often experience colds and stomach viruses throughout the school year.
The main reasons for keeping your child home are:
- If he/she is too sick to be comfortable at school
- If he/she might spread a contagious disease to other children
Deciding when a child is too sick to go to school can be a difficult decision for parents to make. When trying to decide, use the guidelines below to help you.
Keep your child home – if your child has any of the following symptoms:
- APPEARANCE, BEHAVIOR – unusually tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused or irritable. This is sufficient reason to exclude a child.
- 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.
- GREENISH NOSE DISCHARGE AND/OR CHRONIC COUGH – should be seen by a health care provider. These conditions may be contagious and require treatment.
- SORE THROAT – especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck. (With Strep throat, the child my return to school after 24 hours on antibiotics.)
- DIARRHEA – three (3) or more watery stools in a 24 hour period, especially if the child acts or looks ill.
- VOMITING – vomiting two (2) or more times within the past 24 hours.
- RASH – body rash, especially with fever or itching. Heat rashes and allergic reactions are not contagious.
- EAR INFECTIONS WITHOUT FEVER – do not need to be excluded, but the child needs to get medical treatment and follow-up. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.
- LICE, SCABIES – children may not return to school until they have been treated and are free of lice and nits (eggs).
- CHICKEN POX – children must stay at home for five (5) days after the onset of blisters, or until all pox are scabbed over and dry.
IF YOUR CHILD SHOWS ANY OF THE ABOVE SYMPTOMS AT SCHOOL, IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO PICK HIM/HER UP FROM SCHOOL.
Please try to treat the symptoms of minor illnesses at home so your student can feel comfortable and ready to learn during the school day.
If you have any questions or, please do not hesitate to contact our School Nurse at 215-809-6350.