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Illness Guide

Student Illnesses

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° F 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


Medication Administration

Whenever possible, medications should be given at home by parent/guardian.  If it is necessary that your child take medication at school, the following guidelines must be followed:

  • Medication must be presented to the office with a signed medication permission form. 
  • Prescription medication must be sent in the original container.
  • Over-the-counter medication must be presented with signed medication permission by a parent/guardian and a doctor.
  • Parents must assume responsibility for informing the school of any change in the child’s health or change in medication.



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