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Cold and flu season is upon us. Here is a quick reference for parents to determine if their child should stay home.
When Should I Keep My Child Home?
Sometimes it is hard to tell if your child needs to go to school or stay home. Here are a few tips to help you make the best decision.
A temperature, taken orally, that is 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, is considered a fever. Children should be fever-free, without fever reducing medication, for at least 24 hours before sending them to school.
Anytime a child vomits or has diarrhea, he/she needs to be isolated from other children for 24 hours. If your child vomits or has diarrhea in the night, keep him/her home from school the following day.
A runny nose by itself is not necessarily cause to keep your child home. Consider the color of the drainage. Clear drainage is usually associated with allergies or the start of a viral infection. Yellow or green drainage may be a bacterial infection. If the runny nose is associated with a sore throat, nausea or unusual fatigue keep your child home and contact your health care provider if symptoms do not improve within 24-48 hours. Severe coughs should be evaluated by a health care provider to rule out Pertussis or "whooping cough".
Many children suffer from chronic low-grade sinus infections that hang on for months if untreated. Their symptoms include fatigue, sore throat, especially first thing in the morning, headache, and stomachaches.
Any rash of unknown cause should be considered contagious. Please have your child examined by a physician to determine the cause and communicability of the rash before sending him/her to school. The child may not return to school unless there is a letter from the medical professional stating that the rash is not communicable in nature, or unless the rash is no longer present.
What if they feel worse at school?
It is not unusual for students to feel better in the morning and then worse as the day goes along. The school is not equipped for prolonged care of your sick child. We require that you or an emergency contact will pick up your sick child within the hour that you are called. It is important for the school to have a list of local emergency contacts that are available to pick up your child in the event that we are not able to reach you. Please notify the school if there are changes to your contacts.
For other specific diseases or health difficulties it is always a good idea to contact the school nurse. We are happy to share information and resources anytime!
Janelle Tremaine, RN, BSN
East Ridge Elementary hours: Monday 7:00-11:30
Tuesday - Friday 11:30-3:30
Timbercrest Junior High hours: Monday 11:30-3:30
Tuesday - Friday 7:00-11:30
Not only is it cold and flu season, but it's head lice season too!
It's that time of year again! Head lice are spread most commonly by direct head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact. However, much less frequently they are spread by sharing clothing or belongings onto which lice have crawled or nits attached to shed hairs may have fallen.
The following are steps that can be taken to help prevent and control the spread of head lice: