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IMPORTANT HEALTH NOTES FROM THE NURSE
The control of communicable ("catching") disease/illlnesses during the school year is a difficult problem and a grave responsibility. The first responsibility must fall upon the home as parents/guardians know the normal appearance of their children and should be the first to detect signs of illness. Now, more than ever, Parents will need to check their child for illness before coming to school.
The following rules will help control communicable diseases in the community. Please keep this information at a convenient location for reference. Do not send your child if he/she shows signs of illness. Do not send a sick child to school for the nurse to decide whether he/she should be in school. If in doubt, call the family physician.
Currently, DVUSD is following the guidelines for illness symptoms from the Maricopa County Public Symptom Screening for schools. There is a low threshold for illness symptoms and keeping students at home for longer periods of time and/or more often, may occur more often than in the past. It may be required that students stay home for 10-14 days from illness symptoms. Parents will need to plan for such contingencies.
Steps to follow if your child is showing signs of your child is having signs of illness (even one symptom)
1.Please keep your child home and Contact School or School Nurse
2. Follow Isolation guidelines- Maricopa County Guidelines for Signs of Illness
3. Follow Return to School guidelines- DVUSD guidelines on illness
A- See a health care provider and or recieve a negative PCR or antigen COVID-19 test, AND provide written proof of the negative test to the campus nurse, AND no fever for 24 hours without fever reducing medicine AND symptoms have resolved.
B- Your child does not see a healthcare provider and then teh following must occur: Child must stay home from school for ten (10) days from when symptoms first appeared, AND at least 24 hours after last fever without the use of fever-reducing medication AND symptoms have resolved.
C-Your child may return to school if symptoms are confirmed by a healthcare provider to be part of a known chronic noninfectious condition (e.g., allergies, asthma, migraines); OR the child a laboratory-confirmed alternative diagnosis from a healthcare provider (e.g. STrep Throat or Influenza), AND at least 24 hours after last fever without the use of fever-reducing medication AND symptoms have resolved.
If seeking COVID testing sites, Review these flyers for testing sites:COVID testing sites
If you Follow up with MD for chronic illness diagnoses, please review taps on the side for diagnoses-if needing further medical treatments at school.
Some of the signs and symptoms of acute illness are:
FEVER (oral temp 100.0 over higher)
Running Nose or Congestion
Loss of Taste/Smell
Rash, Undiagnosed Rash
Swelling to Face/Neck
Shortness of Breath
Restlessness at Night/Fatigue
KEEP HIM/HER HOME UNTIL SIGNS OF ILLNESS HAVE RESOLVED OR TEMPERATURE HAS BEEN NORMAL ONE WHOLE DAY. Normal temperature is about 98.6 F. Take temperature at mid‑afternoon each day if you suspect it is above normal. The student can return to school after parent has followed quarantine/isolation guidelines from the Maricopa County Public Health or physican health plan for student. If there is any doubt of health concerns, call the family physician. If every parent follows these procedures, it will save much suffering and the spread of contagious diseases, some of which may be life‑threatening.
Don't hesitate to call your physician if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child.