Temperature should be normal for 24 hours before sending a child to school. The temperature must be normal without the aid of fever reducing medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, as these will wear off during school hours and the fever will likely spike here again at school. If your child has a fever in the afternoon or evening, she/he should not come to school the next morning, even if the temperature is normal, as the fever may return as the day goes on.
Children experiencing mild cold symptoms may attend school, but if your child’s symptoms include fever, severe congestion/runny nose, pain or excessive coughing, it is best to keep him/her home for a day or two until symptoms have passed. Please send in a water bottle to school to keep scratchy throats lubricated and provide the extra fluids needed to help ease cold symptoms.
If your child vomits during the night or early morning, please do not send him/her to school. They should rest and be given a liquid or soft diet. They may return to school when they can tolerate solid foods and are 24 hours free from vomiting.
Children who have loose stools should not come to school until bowel movements have a normal consistency. If diarrhea persists, or is accompanied by other symptoms, consult your physician.
A child with strep throat who has been seen by a doctor and has taken antibiotics for 24 hours may return to school. If you suspect a strep throat please do not send your child to school until you have negative results from a strep test performed by your physician.
Conjunctivitis is highly contagious and easily spread in the school setting. If your child has been seen by a doctor, has no eye drainage, and has taken antibiotics for at least 24 hours, she/he may return to school.
Conditions such as lice, scabies, impetigo, ringworm, and pinworms must be properly treated and non-contagious before your child may return to school. In the case of lice, all nits (eggs) must be removed and your child’s head checked by the nurse before your child may return to class.
When in doubt as to whether or not to send your child to school, please feel free to contact the health office, at 978-626-8545.