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Student Illnesses

by Chris Bolte

September 11, 2008

It is important, both for the health of your child and that of other children, that your child not return to school too soon after an illness. If your child is staying home ill, please call the office. We would appreciate a description of your child's illness so that we can take steps at school to reduce the spread of contagious diseases.

Knowing the symptoms of our ill students is even more critical with the concern for a pandemic influenza. The following guidelines are appropriate reasons to keep children home from school:

A fever greater than 100 degrees in the last 24 hours

A rash that is associated with fever or itching

A bad cough-one that you wouldn't want your well child around

A consistent, goopy, runny nose

Vomiting and/or diarrhea in the last 24 hours

A sore throat, especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck

A child that is acting ill-unusually tired, pale, difficult to wake, confused or irritable, lacking normal appetite.

After these illnesses, children can return to school if they meet the following criteria:

Strep throat-if the child has been on antibiotics for 24 hours, has no fever and feels ok

Conjunctivitis (pink eye), if the child has been approved to return to school by a licensed health care provider,

Lice-if the child has been treated, and there are no live lice and the nits (eggs) have been removed

Ear infections-if the child has been treated by a physician


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