It is not always easy to know when to send your child to school, and when to leave your child home. Here are some guidelines for parents on keeping ill students home. If you have any questions about them, please contact the school nurse.
If your child has any of the following symptoms, please do not send them to school.
- Fever of 100.5°F or more- Student may return to school if fever-free the preceding evening/night without the help of acetaminophen (eg, Tylenol).
- Cough and difficulty breathing
- Rash that is undiagnosed
- Chicken Pox
- Vomiting more than once a day or accompanied by fever, rash or general weakness
- Ringworm- Keep home until treatment is started. If it is an exposed area upon return, cover the area with dressing and/or clothing.
- Cold sores- Cold sores can only be passed through direct contact. Children who drool or place toys in their mouths when they have cold sores should stay home; other children may come to school
- Antibiotics- Children who are placed on antibiotics for impetigo, strep throat and several other bacterial infections, should be on them for a FULL 24 hours before returning to school to prevent the spread of those infections. If you are uncertain, ask the school nurse.
School Exclusion and Readmission:
- Children with identified live head lice are referred for treatment at the end of the school day. Until the end of the school day, avoid activity that includes head-to-head contact with other children or sharing of any headgear.
- Return to school after the child has received the treatment recommended by the child’s health professional. A trained staff member rechecks the student before returning to class.
- Apply head lice treatment (over the counter or prescription) specifically made for killing head lice. Parents should be encouraged to call their child’s doctor for a treatment recommendation. Treatments come in a variety of forms such as shampoo, cream rinse, and gel. Follow the directions on the label as recommended by the manufacturer.
- After the hair has been treated, all eggs should be combed or handpicked from the hair.
- While hair is still damp, comb hair through to remove tangles. Then remove nits from the hair shaft. You will need a bright light (and magnification, if available) to see the nits; a fine-toothed comb, preferably made of metal, to strip the nits; a good book or video may assist in keeping the child occupied. Comb the hair from underneath, small sections at one time. To prevent re-infestation, it is essential to inspect the hair daily for one week. Continually strip any nits you may have missed by running your fingernails down the hair shaft. Although complete removal of nits is time consuming, it is necessary.
- Inspect all family members and treat if live lice are found. Children under 2 years of age and pregnant mothers should not be treated without consulting with a doctor.
- Lice infestations on people can be quickly and easily treated. However, unless the sources of re-infestation are also eliminated, you can become re-infested. Lice can survive in the environment for 24 – 48 hours. The following environmental treatments are recommended:
- Excessive housecleaning is not necessary; however, you should vacuum furniture, rugs, and floors.
- Wash all recently used bedding & washable clothing in hottest cycle for 20 minutes.
- Heat pillows, blankets, or other fabric items in clothes dryer at hottest cycle for 20 minutes. If dryer is not available, or for items that cannot be laundered with hot water, these items can be kept in a plastic bag for 10 days, if there is a concern about lice having crawled from an infested child onto these items.
- Clean child’s combs, brushes, and other hair accessories such as clips and barrettes in hot water for 5 minutes; or solution of 1/4 cup bleach in 1 gallon of water for at least 10 minutes.
- Spraying an insecticide on furniture, rugs, or pets is not recommended.
*Please keep the office informed of your current contact numbers. It is very important to be able to reach you when your child is sick at school and needs to go home or needs medical attention.