School and Illness
When to Keep Your Child Home
Know the common signs of childhood illnesses and recognize them when they occur:
- headache, earache, toothache or other pain
- running nose (keep you child home if he/she cannot handle blowing nose independently yet)
- difficulty in breathing
- sore throat or coughing frequently
- unusual chilliness or a fever (oral temperature over 100 degrees F)
- vomiting or diarrhea
- skin eruption
- unusual flushness or pallor
- contagious disease (such as pink eye, chicken pox, strep throat, etc. - Check with physician or school nurse before returning to school)
A STUDENT WHO IS KEPT HOME AT THE BEGINNING OF AN ILLNESS WILL EXPOSE FEWER CHILDREN TO THE ILLNESS AND ALSO RECOVER MORE QUICKLY.
PLAN AHEAD!!! Know what you will do about child care if your child wakes up ill in the morning. Make arrangements before you need them.
If you keep your child home:
- Inform the school by calling the school office before 9:00 a.m.
- Send a note with your child regarding the reason for the absence when he/she returns to school
- If absent due to illness state specific symptoms
Parents of Elementary Students
INFORM YOUR CHILD'S TEACHER IF:
- your child is taking medication
- your child received an immunization (a written note by a parent is sufficient - be sure to include the type of vaccine and the complete date)
- YOUR CHILD OR SIBLING HAS, OR IS SUSPECTED TO HAVE, CHICKEN POX
(to protect the students in our building with impaired immune systems)
- your child has been treated for head lice
- your child frequently "does not feel well" and/or does not want to go to school
Please feel free to call the school nurse whenever you have concerns or questions about your child's health. She can help find answers or refer you to community agencies if needed.
GOOD HAND WASHING IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU AND YOUR CHILD CAN DO TO PREVENT INFECTIONS IN YOURSELF AND OTHERS!!!!