Parent Tips for When to Keep Your Child Home
1. A fever of 100 degrees or higher. Child should be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school and not taking any fever reducing medications.
2. Diarrhea or vomiting in the previous 24 hours.
3. Bad cold or flu when there is excessive nose drainage or constant coughing.
4. Rash that could be contagious; please have any rashes checked by your pediatrician.
5. Diagnosed strep throat, impetigo or pink eye - students must stay home from school until they've been on antibiotics for 48 hours.
6. If your child is diagnosed with scabies, he/she may return to school after 24 hours of treatment. A physician's written confirmation of treatment and non-effective status is required.
7. If you suspect your child has lice - yellowish-gray, oval-shaped eggs that are 'glued' to the hair shaft. Your child must be checked by school nurse upon return to school after treatment.
SIMPLE STEPS TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF FLU
• Wash your hands with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based hand gel frequently.
• Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
• Do not take young children, those with immune system problems or the chronically ill into large crowds unnecessarily when the flu is in your community.
• Stay home from work or school and avoid public activities for at least five (seven for children) days if you have symptoms of the flu.
• Do not share items that can spread germs and viruses, like drinking cups, straws, or other items you put in your mouth.
• Clean things that are touched often in the household, classroom and childcare setting such as: doors, refrigerator handles, phones and water faucets.