Fever: If your child’s temperature is 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, keep your child at home.
Diarrhea or Vomiting: Keep your child home if they have had diarrhea or vomiting the night before or the morning of a school day. Also keep them home until the illness is over, and then for 24 hours after the last episode (without medicine). Stomach viruses are very easily spread among school age children.
Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease A highly contagious virus that is characterized by sore throat, fever, and rash particularly on the hands and feet most common in children under 10. The contagious period is during the onset of symptoms, but may be longer. Transmission is from person to person by direct contact with nose and throat discharges or the stool of infected persons. Symptoms are usually seen 4-6 days after contact with an infected person. It is very important that children be encouraged to take in plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Students should be kept home from school during the first signs of onset and must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. Again, if you have a fever you should stay home regardless of type of virus you have.
Strep Throat is caused by streptococcal bacteria. People with strep throat usually have a fever, enlarged tonsils, a sore throat and sometimes, a rash. Those with scarlet fever (severe case of strep throat) will have a very fine red skin rash. Prompt diagnosis and treatment of streptococcal infections is important in preventing complications. A diagnosis can only be made by a health care provider after a throat swab has been processed. If your child has any of these symptoms, please keep her/him at home and consult your health care provider. If your child has strep throat, please let us know. S/he should remain at home for 24 hours after antibiotics are started so that other children and staff in the school are not exposed to this infection. Symptoms usually appear 2-5 days after an exposure.
Pink eye is contagious and we ask you keep your child home from school until symptoms have cleared or after seeing the doctor and beginning medication the student can return to school after 24 hours of medication. Pink eye is an inflammation of the mucous membranes that line the eye. It can be bacterial or viral. If you have pink eye you may see red or pink sclera, sensitivity to light, tearing, itching, blurred vision, yellow discharge, and/or swelling around the eye.
Earaches: Your child needs to see a doctor.
Remember, hand washing, hand washing, hand washing! Wash before preparing food and eating, after using the bathroom, and any contact with sick people.
Sara Cook, RN
CRSD School Nurse