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GUIDELINES FOR KEEPING AN ILL STUDENT HOME FROM SCHOOL

It is not always easy to know when to send your child to school, and when to keep your child home.

These guidelines are based on public health recommendations.

Please do not send a child with the following symptoms to school:

• Fever of 100.5°F (38°C) or more. If your child has a fever of 100.5°F (38°C) or more they will be sent home. Your child may return to school when their temperature has returned to a normal range, less than 100.5°F (38°C), without the use of fever-reducing medications.

• Cough and difficulty breathing - If your child has labored breathing (heaving of chest muscles with each breath), rapid breathing at rest, or wheezing, you should contact your child’s doctor. If your child has an uncontrollable cough, please keep them home.

• Vomiting and diarrhea make children very uncomfortable. If your child has an episode of vomiting or diarrhea at school they must go home. Your child should stay home until the illness passes.

• Rash with a fever or behavioral change.

• Streptococcal Infection (strep throat) - Keep the child home for 24 hours after starting antibiotic treatment.

• Impetigo - Keep the child home for 24 hours after starting antibiotic treatment.

• Ringworm (a contagious skin fungus infection) - Keep home until treatment is started. If it is in an exposed area, it must be covered with a bandage or clothing when the child returns to school. Ringworm on the scalp may require an oral medication; you should contact your child's doctor.

• Cold sores - Cold sores can be passed from one person to another, but only through direct contact. Children who drool or place toys in their mouths when they have cold sores should stay home; other children may come to school.

• Conjunctivitis - Keep the child home until treatment has started and symptoms have improved, without discharge.

If at any time you are unsure if your child's illness is contagious, please ask your child's doctor. If possible, provide the school with a doctor’s note stating when your child may return to school.

Please keep the office at your child's school informed of your current contact numbers. It is very important to be able to reach you when your child is sick at school and needs to go home or when your child needs medical attention.

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