Important Health Notes from the Nurse
The control of communicable ("catching") disease during the school year is a difficult problem and a grave responsibility. The first responsibility must fall upon the home as parents know the normal appearance of their children and should be the first to detect signs of illness. The following rules will help control communicable diseases in the community.
1. Do not send your child if he/she has a fever, diarrhea, vomiting, unexplained rash or deep cough.
2. Do not send a sick child to school for the nurse to decide whether he/she should be in school. If in any doubt, call the family physician.
3. If your child is sick, reduce contact with other family members.
4. Some of the signs and symptoms of acute illness are:
Fever (oral temp 100.0 or more)
Sneezing and coughing
Nausea or vomiting
Red, watering eyes
Flushed face or paleness
Swelling neck or face
5. Keep your child home until temperature has been normal for a period of 24 hours without the need for medication to reduce it. Normal temperature is about 98.6 F. Take temperature at mid-afternoon each day if you suspect it is above normal. Continue this process until temperature is normal the whole day, then child can return to school if no other symptoms of illness are present.
Any child with an undiagnosed rash should remain out of school until all symptoms are gone or a physician verifies the child is not contagious and is well enough to return to school. Please do not hesitate to call your physician if you have any questions regarding your child.