Important Health Notes from the NurseThe control of communicable ("catching") disease during the school year is a difficult problem. 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 symptoms of a cold are also the symptoms of the communicable diseases. The following rules will help control communicable diseases in the community. Please keep this sheet at a convenient location for reference.1. Do not send your child if he/she shows signs of illness.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, keep other children away from him/her.4. Some of the signs and symptoms of acute illness are:
Restless at night Fever (oral temp 100.0 or more)
Sneezing and coughing
Nausea or vomiting
Red, watering eyes
Flushed face or paleness
Swelling neck or face
Earache5. If your child shows any of the above signs, he should be put in a room by himself. If there is any doubt, call the family physician.6. Keep him/her home until temperature has been normal for one whole day, without the aid of medicine. 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. If every parent follows these procedures, it will save much suffering and the spread of contagious diseases, some of which may be life-threatening. Please do not hesitate to call your physician if you have any questions regarding your child.