This flu season has been particularly rough. As a reminder, the flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. It can be spread from person-to-person through the air by coughing or sneezing or by touching an infected surface and carrying it to your nose or mouth.
If your child develops flu-like symptoms, keep them home from school until at least 24 hours after they no longer have fever without the use of medicine. We recommend consulting with a doctor and making sure your child gets plenty of rest and fluids.
To learn more about the flu virus and prevention methods, visithttps://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/index.html.
Illness at School
In the event a student should become ill while at school, they will be referred to our school nurse. If the nurse feels the child needs to go home, parents will be contacted and are responsible for having their child picked up from school. Students should not attend school, and shall be sent home when one or more of the following conditions exist:
- Head Lice-No-Nit Policy: Students who have head lice/nits will be sent home. They are not to return to school until they have shown proof of receiving treatment and nit removal. The school nurse will work closely with parent/guardian to give appropriate instruction on care of head lice.
- Rash-An undiagnosed or unknown rash will be sent home until seen by doctor and if needed, proper treatment is given.
- Scabies-Students will be sent home. They may not return until proof of treatment.
- Impetigo-Must be treated and covered 24 hours before returning to school with proof of treatment.
- Ringworm-Student must bring proof from doctor of treatment. Ringworm ust be covered in school.
- Chicken Pox-Students may return to school 7-10 days after the onset of the rash and when lesions are crusted.
- Temperature-Students with a temperature of 100.0 will be sent home for at least 24 hours or until free of temperature or temperature reducing medications, whichever is the longer period.
- Strep Throat-Students having strep throat should be home on medication 24 hours before returning to school (must be fever free for 24 hours also)
- Pink Eye-Students with symptoms of pink eye will be sent home. They may return to school when they have been on medication for 24 hours, or redness and drainage is gone, or have a doctor’s note.
- Diarrhea/Vomiting-Student will be sent home if more than 3 watery stools noted or deemed a possible communicable disease issue, or if the child cannot function in the classroom. Students should be kept home 24 hours after last episode of diarrhea or v
For any student admitted to the hospital for illness, injury, surgery, etc., a physician’s note is needed prior to returning to school. The note MUST state the date student can return, any medications they are taking and any restrictions. Also, for any student who is unable to participate in PE class or other school related activities due to an injury, that student MUST have a physician’s note stating specific restrictions and date of return to activity. Students must be off ALL narcotic controlled pain medication 24 hours before returning to school AND may not be given any while in school.