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
-strep infection/impetigo (honey crusted sores around nose/mouth, rash)
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
General aches and pains
Fatigue and weakness
Mild to moderate; hacking cough
Symptoms are milder
Usually High (100-102 degrees) Sudden onset; last 2-3 weeks
Usual, often quiet severe
Extreme; can last 2-3 weeks
Early and prominent
Common; can become severe
Source: American Lung Association. (2008) Cold and Flu Guidelines