When Not to Send Your Child to School
Keeping our school healthy takes teamwork. We strive to keep our school healthy through good handwashing techniques, and regular disinfection of surfaces. Keeping your child home when they are contagious is another important part of prevention in school.
When deciding whether your child is well enough to come to school, please refer to the following guidelines:
- If your child has had vomiting or diarrhea, they must be free from vomiting or diarrhea for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
- Your child must be fever free (under 100 degrees) for 24 hours WITHOUT the use of medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Motrin) before returning to school.
- If your child has had an illness that is communicable and requires antibiotic,, such as pinkeye, or strep throat, the student must be on antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school.
- If your child was out with a communicable disease such as impetigo or scabies, etc;. A doctor’s note must accompany their return to school, clearing them for return.
Flu vs Cold? Which is which?
|Symptoms||….of a Cold||….of the Flu|
|Fever||Rare||Most always present and typically higher than 100.5℉|
|Chills||Mild||Moderate to Severe|
|Body Aches||Occasional, mild||Usual and often Severe|
|Feeling tired and weak||Mild||Moderate to Severe|
|Chest Discomfort||Mild to Moderate||Often Severe|
|Cough||Sometimes, typically productive||Usually, but often unproductive|
|Treatments||Antihistamines, Decongestants, pain relievers (follow manufacturer instructions, and consult Provider if unclear on dosage||Antiviral medications can be prescribed if diagnosed within first 48 hours of symptom onset|
Avoid close contact with anyone with cold symptoms
Yearly Flu Vaccination