Too Sick for School??????
At one time or another, every parent faces this dilemma: Is my child too sick to send to school? Below are some helpful hints to help you know when not to send your sick child to school:
* Temperature of 100 degrees or more within the past 24 hours
* Vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours
* When strep is suspected but the results of a throat culture are not yet known.
*A positive throat culture for strep: student should be on antibiotic treatment for 24 hours before returning to school.
* Any symptoms of acute illness such as persistent cough or runny nose accompanied by body aches.
* A red eye with crust, mucous or excessive tearing (until diagnosed by a physician and treated with medication for 24 hours (pink eye)
*Any skin lesion with honey brown crusts (until diagnosed by a physician and treated with medication for 24 hours if impetigo
* Skin lesion: mild itchy ring shaped pink patch with a scaly, raised border and a clear center ( until diagnosed by a physician and treated with antifungal cream (ringworm)
*If your child has head lice that has not been treated
* If your child requires any medication for pain stronger than Tylenol or Ibuprofen, they should not attend school.
The guidelines listed above are meant to help parents determine if a child should attend school or other activities. Your child should look and behave like him/her self for 24 hours before returning to school.
-A sick child who returns to school too soon is at risk for picking up other infections due to lowered immunity
– A child who is still sick is likely to infect other students and staff
-A child who is not feeling well will not be able to focus on schoolwork.
Please notify school if your child develops any communicable condition.
Remind your child about frequent hand washing. It is the most effective means of preventing the spread of communicable diseases.