These guidelines help to prevent the spread of illness to other students and staff. Children benefit greatly from the rest and fluids provided at home.
SICK CHILDREN BELONG AT HOME, WELL CHILDREN BELONG IN SCHOOL
- FEVER - Depending on how your child feels he/she may attend school with a temperature less than 100 degrees F. A student should be without a fever for 24 hours (without fever reducing medication ie: Tylenol, Advil) before returning to school.
- STOMACHACHE, VOMITING, DIARRHEA - A child with vomiting and/or diarrhea should be kept at home until symptoms have resolved for 24 hours and the child is able to keep in food and liquid.
- INFECTION AND ON ANTIBIOTICS - (i.e. respiratory infection) Children are no longer considered contagious after 12 hours of antibiotics, depending on how your child feels they may return to school.
- RASH - If you child has an unusual rash or it is associated with a fever, keep your child home until you have discussed the rash with your Health Care Provider.
- CONTAGIOUS DISEASE: strep throat, impetigo, bacterial pinkeye, may return after 12 hours of treatment with antibiotic.
- NUISANCE DISEASES: head lice, scabies, ringworm - must be treated before returning to school.
- CHICKEN POX: child may return to school 5-7 days after onset of rash, with all sores dry and scabbed over.
The U.S. Surgeon General, Food & Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that aspirin and a combination products containing aspirin not be administered to children 18 years of age and under during episodes of influenza-like illnesses, chicken pox and common colds. Research has shown an association between the development of Reye's Syndrome and the use of aspirin for treating the symptoms of these illnesses.