When to Keep Students Home From School

When to Keep Students Home From School

  • They have a temperature of 100 degrees or greater.

-Students must be fever free for a full 24 hoursbefore returning to school. It is common for temperatures to be low in the morning but rise during the day. So, the 24 hour wait time is extremely important.

  • They have red eyes with yellow crusting or drainage, which is probably contagious.

-Students must be on antibiotics for a full 24 hourswith no drainage before returning to school.

  • They have had vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24 hours.

      -Students must not have any vomiting and/or diarrhea for a full 24 hoursbefore returning to school.

  • They have a significant cold with frequent cough, sneezing, and/or nasal drainage.
  •         They have a persistent deep cough that has not been evaluated by a health care provider.
  •         They have a sore throat with a fine red rash, headache, stomachache, fever.

-These are all symptoms of strep throat/scarlet fever and must be evaluated by a health care provider.

  • They have a rash or skin condition that has not been diagnosed by a health care provider.

-Rashes with a fever, painful skin sores and skin sores with drainage must be evaluated by a health care provider. A not from the health care provider is requested stating when the child is no longer contagious and able to return to school.

  • They seem sick without any obvious symptoms.

-They may be pale irritable, and/or tired. They may have no appetite or energy.

  • They have a contagious illness.

-If a health care provider prescribes antibiotics, students should not return to school until they have been on antibiotics for a full 24 hoursor until they are no longer considered contagious as documented by the health care provider.

Please remember that hand washing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of infection.

If we follow these guidelines we will greatly reduce student and staff illnesses and absences!

 

Illness Letter

Dear Foxfire Families,

As we get into cold, stomach virus, and flu season I wanted to send a reminder of when to keep students home from school. The following list is a good reference to use and most medical providers are familiar with the guidelines. The most important rule to follow is if your student is sent home for vomiting/diarrhea or fever they cannot return for a full 24 hoursafter symptoms are gone. If they come back the very next day, we will call for someone to come get them. Please make sure emergency medical forms are up to date with correct contacts/phone numbers in case your student is injured or ill. If we all follow the guidelines we will greatly reduce student and staff illnesses and absences! If you ever have questions please feel free to contact me at 740-453-4509.

Thank You,

Lindsey Abella RN, BSN

Foxfire Nurse


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