Michelle Goodman R.N.
, Health clerk
Clinic: 825-4547 Fax: 825-4551
Guidelines for Keeping Your Child Home from School
Keep home from school:
- Any physical or emotional condition that would prevent him/her from participating comfortably in class and prevent the student from concentrating and completing assignments.
- A fever of 100 degrees or more, coupled with a rash, earache, sore throat, sluggishness, or nausea. Fever may signal a highly contagious infection. Keep the child home until he/she is fever free for 24 hours. Never give aspirin to a child under 19 years old.
- A persistent, productive cough and wheezing coupled with a thick or constant nasal discharge.
- An undiagnosed rash, especially when there is a fever and behavioral changes.
- Pinkeye, in which there is a white or yellow drainage or crusting (often matted eyelids after sleep), eye pain, and redness.
- Head lice: keep home until treated and all nits are removed.
- Chicken Pox: keep home until all blisters are scabbed over and dry.
- Diarrhea or vomiting more that once or accompanied by fever, rash, or general weakness.
- Impetigo: keep home for 24 hours after starting antibiotic treatment.
- Ringworm (contagious fungus infection): keep home until treatment is started. Ringworm on the scalp requires an oral medication that is ordered by your physician. Ringworm on the body can be treated with a cream (bought over the counter) applied directly to affected area.
Send to school:
- Vague complaints of aches, pains, or fatigue.
- Sniffles, a runny nose, and mild cough without a fever.
- A single episode of diarrhea or vomiting without any other symptoms.
If your child becomes ill at school, and needs to go home, please remember to bring your ID when signing him/her out for the day. Only people included on the emergency card will be allowed to pick up your child. These cards are sent home with the children the first week of school. Please fill these out and return them as soon as possible. Keep information updated on these cards to ensure immediate contact in case of emergencies. You can do so by calling, emailing, or stopping by the clinic.