Current Illnesses/Staying Home Guidelines

Current Illnesses Seen in Nurse's Office:

When there is an increase in the number of illnesses going around, PLEASE be sure to check out this page for health updates and tips about when to keep your child home.  

Being familiar and aware of your child's signs and symptoms will not only improve your child's health but will protect others from  becoming infected. 

Your child needs to be symptom free (without medication) for 24 hours before returning to school.

Tips To Follow To Help Minimize the Spread of Colds and Viruses:

Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.

Avoid touching of eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.

Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, especially is someone is sick.

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Being familiar and aware of your child's signs and symptoms will not only improve your child's health but will protect others from becoming infected.

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Guidelines for When To Keep Your Child Home If:

-He/She has a fever of 100.4 degrees or greater (Should be fever free for 24 hours without medication to return)

-He/She has a severe headache accompanied with a fever

-He/She is fatigue and/or tired from an illness

-He/She has severe chest congestion or a significant cough

-He/She has significant nasal drainage

-He/She is vomiting or has diarrhea

-He/She has a severe sore throat (accompanied with a fever or feeling ill) that persists for longer that 48 hours

or has a Strep throat infection

-He/She has pink eye or you suspect that they might have pick eye (They need to be seen by their physician)

-He/She has severe ear pain that should be evaluated by a physician

-He/She has any form of fungal infection

Be sure to ask your provider when it is safe for your child to return to school not only for your child's health but for the health of the other members of the school.

SYMPTOMS

Fever

Headache

General aches and pains

Fatigue and weakness

Extreme exhaustion

Nasal congestion

Sneezing

Sore throat

Chest discomfort/cough

COLD

Occasionally

Occasionally

Slight

Mild

Never

Common

Usual

Common

Mild to moderate; hacking cough

Symptoms are milder

FLU

Usually High (100-102 degrees) Sudden onset; last 2-3 weeks

Common

Usual, often quiet severe

Extreme; can last 2-3 weeks

Early and prominent

Sometimes

Sometimes

Sometimes

Common; can become severe

Source: American Lung Association. (2008) Cold and Flu Guidelines

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