As we embark on a new year of learning and growth, let’s prioritize the health and well-being of our wonderful students. Here are some important reminders on when to keep your child home and ensure a speedy recovery:
- Fever greater than 100.4° (taken by mouth)
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
- Severe sore throat along with fever and feeling ill for more than 48 hours, or after exposure to Strep throat infection
- Honey-crusted sores around the nose or mouth or rash on other body parts
- Large amounts of mucous (liquid) from their nose, with face pain or headache
- Severe ear pain or fluid coming from the ear
- Severe headache, especially with fever
- Redness or swelling of the white of the eye, discharge, or crust in the eye, or after diagnosis of pink eye (conjunctivitis) – should be on antibiotics for 24 hours before returning
If your child has a fever, it’s not advisable to give them medicine like Tylenol or Advil and send them to school. The fever may return once the medicine wears off, and you will be called to pick up your child. Please keep children home for 24 hours after the fever ends or they have completed 24 hours of medication if prescribed by your health care provider.
In case your child isn’t feeling well, have a plan to pick them up within 1 hour of the nurse’s office calling you, or ensure emergency contacts are available for pick-up.
Let’s all play a role in maintaining a healthy environment by reminding our children to:
- Throw away used tissues
- Wash hands often with soap and warm water
- Cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze
- Keep their hands away from their face
Your cooperation is key to a happy, healthy winter season. Thank you for being proactive in keeping our school community well!