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Health & Emergency Care Procedure

Health/Illness Policy & Emergency Care Procedures

There are three main reasons to keep sick children at home:

1.  The child doesn't feel well enough to take part in normal activities (overly tired, fussy or won't stop crying).

2.  The child needs more care than teachers and staff can give, and still care for the other children.

3.  The illness is on the list below and staying home is recommended.

Children with the following symptoms or illness should be kept home from school:
  • A fever of 100 degrees or greater - the child may return to school only after being fever free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medications).
  •  A persistent cough or coughing that significantly affects the child's ability to talk, function or remain comfortable.  
  • Persistent diarrhea and/or uncontrolled vomiting - the child may return to school only after being symptom-free for 8 hours.
  • A suspicious unexplained rash or lesion - the child may return after a health care provider has examined and authorized the child's return to school. 
  • Whenever any live pediculi or untreated nits are found - the child may return following appropriate treatment as long as no further live pediculi are found.
  • Vaccine Preventable Diseases - Measles, Mumps, Rubella (German Measles), Pertussis (Whooping Cough).

Children may return to school:
  • With a known diagnosis of Strep throat, Impetigo 24 hours after antibiotic treatment has started.
  • With a diagnosed skin lesion 24 hours after treatment.  If  Ringworm - after starting treatment and keeping covered for two days after returning to school.  If Chicken Pox - blisters must be dried and crusted (usually 6 days).

If you have any health related questions or concerns about your child, please feel free to contact your school nurse.