Many parents ask "When is my child too sick to send to school?"
Below are some "rules of thumb" to assist you in your decision making process for the school year.
Let’s start from the head and work our way down.
- If your child’s nose is running uncontrollably, please keep him/her home so as to decrease the probable spread of potential infection to the classroom.
- If your child awakens with draining eye(s), bloodshot appearing eye(s), and/or eyelashes that are sticking together, please consider calling your Pediatrician for an evaluation prior to bringing your child to school, as conjunctivitis is extremely contagious to all in the classroom.
- If your child has thrown up during the night, please keep him/her home the following day to rest and replenish a probable low hydration status. Please feel free to send your child into school with a hydration bottle for his/her desk upon return to school.
- If your child has had diarrhea during the night, please consider keeping him/her home the following day to allow quick access to toileting, and to allow him/her the chance to replenish a probable low hydration status. Please feel free to send your child to school with a hydration bottle for his/her desk upon return to school.
- If your child develops any type of a rash, please bring him/her into the Health Office prior to the start of school so that we can observe the rash together and decide if any contagion is possible.
- If your child is running a fever greater than 100, please consider keeping him/her home, as a low grade temperature is indicative of illness and will probably only rise over the course of the day. Your child should be fever free for greater than 24 hours upon return to school.
- If you choose to medicate your child with Tylenol or Motrin prior to school for a low grade temperature, that is certainly fine for you to do, but please call the Health Office or send a note to inform me so that I can carefully watch for any changes in your child’s temperature once the medicine has worn off.
- If your child has had a moderate to severe head or suspected bone injury, please have them evaluated prior to coming into school. Please send a note to the Health Office for recess or gym as needed.
- If your child has a high fever (greater than 100.5 by mouth), a booming headache, a stomach ache, and a severe sore throat that appears red streaked or coated with a white patchy film, please keep your child home and report to your Pediatrician and question the need for a strep throat exam.
- If your child is placed on antibiotics for strep throat, impetigo, conjunctivitis, or any other contagious illnesses, please keep at home. Your child can return to school after 24 hours on antibiotic treatment and fever free.
Should you have any question as to the health status of your child at any time over the course of the school year, please do not hesitate to call me at (978) 422-7272. I am only too happy to speak with you and work out solutions to any question(s) you may have.
Lisa Lamoureux, R.N., School Nurse