Current Illnesses/When to Keep Your Child Home

Current Illnesses Seen in Nurse's Office: (As of 1/20)

- Upper Respiratory/Cold Symptoms: congestion, runny noses, coughing, with or without fever, sore throat

-  Stomachache/GI Virus: vomiting, with or without diarrhea and nausea

- Flu (it's not too late to get your flu shot)

- Pink Eye

Follow These Tips To Help Minimize the Spread of Illnesses:

1. Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.

2. Avoid touching of eyes, nose and mouth.

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

4. Disinfect frequently touched surfaces (door knobs, computers, phones,...)

Remember that your child needs to be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school

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. 

When to keep your child home from school:

 -fever of 100 degrees or greater, in the past 24 hours (without medication)

-frequent, hard cough or chest congestion (needs to be controlled without medication)

-sleepy from an illness

-large amount of discolored nasal drainage, especially with facial pain, headache, or fever

-vomiting/diarrhea, in the past 24 hours

-scabies

-strep infection/impetigo (honey crusted sores around nose/mouth, rash)

-pink eye

-fungal infection

Your child will be sent home from school if any of these symptoms occur during the school day. This increases your child's optimum health and comfort and also protects other children from becoming infected

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