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Dear Parents or Guardian:
Many parents ask, “When is my child sick enough to stay home from school?” This is not always an easy question to answer! We hope that these guidelines can help! A child who is sick will not be able to perform well in school and is likely to spread the illness to other children and staff. We suggest making a plan for childcare ahead of time so you will not be caught without a comforting place for your child to stay if he/she is ill.
Our school strongly suggests that you should NOT send your child to school if he/she has:
Common cold – irritated throat, watery discharge from the nose or eyes, sneezing, chills and/or general body aches. Keep your child home if symptoms are serious enough to interfere with your child’s ability to learn. Seek Care from the doctor if symptoms persist beyond 7-10 days, fever or cough producing phlegm develops, or nasal discharge becomes yellow or green.
Cough – Cough that interferes with the child’s ability to fully participate in classroom activities. Seek care from the doctor if the cough lasts beyond 7-10 days, or if coughing phlegm.
Fever – If the child’s temperature is 100 degrees or higher, the child should remain at home until they are without a fever for a full 24 hours. Remember that a fever is a symptom indicating the presence of an illness.
Flu – symptoms include abrupt onset of fever, chills, headache and sore muscles. Runny nose, sore throat and cough are common. Your child should remain at home until the symptoms are gone and they are without a fever for a full 24 hours.
Head Lice – Lice are small grayish-tan, wingless insects that lay eggs called nits which attach to the hair shaft, close to the scalp. Nits are easier to see and detect than the live lice. Nits are small whitish specks usually found on the hair behind the ears, at the nape of the neck or crown of the head. If nits/ live lice are found, your child MUST be treated with Lice Shampoo, prescription treatments, or some may choose a lice removing specialist, which are available but can be costly. This is not a one time remedy. Recurrence does happen. Your child’s hair should be checked daily using a nit comb, as well as follow up treatments One could also seek the advice of your Family Physician or Pediatrician. Bed Linens, recently used clothes, hats, and towels, should be washed in very hot water. Personal articles such as combs, brushes and hair clips/bands should also be washed in hot water if they have been in contact with a person with head lice. Lice do not transmit disease, but they do spread easily. Head lice are mostly spread by direct head to head contact. Parents are responsible to check your child’s hair. Your child must report to the school nurse upon returning to school Please discuss with your child the importance of precautionary measures such as not sharing brushes, combs and hats,etc.
Impetigo – This is a skin rash that turns into fluid filled blisters, which can open and become runny or crusty. Impetigo requires treatment from a doctor. Your child may return to school after taking antibiotic treatment for 24 hours and the rash is no longer draining.
Pain – If your child complains or their behavior indicates they are having persistent pain, they should see a doctor before being sent to school.
Pinkeye – The white of the eye appears red, swollen, burns, itches or has pus-like drainage. This requires treatment from a doctor. Your child may return to school after taking antibiotic treatment for 24 hours. School Health Services
Strep Throat – The throat appears severely red, swollen or has whitish pus spots. Other symptoms include, throat soreness, fever, swollen glands of the neck, nausea or vomiting. This requires treatment from a doctor. Your child may return to school after taking antibiotic treatment for 24 hours and no longer is vomiting or has fever.
Skin Rashes – If your child has a rash of unknown origin, they must be seen by a doctor before coming into school.
Vomiting & Diarrhea – Your child should remain at home until without vomiting, diarrhea or fever for a full 24 hours.
If your child becomes ill at school and the teacher or school nurse feel the child is too sick to benefit from school or is contagious to other children, you will be called to pick them up from school, and possibly take to the doctor for further medical assessment or intervention. It is essential that the school have a phone number where you can be contacted during the day and an emergency number in the event you cannot be reached. Please be sure that arrangements can be made to transport your child home from school and that childcare is available in case of illness. If your daytime or emergency phone number changes during the year, please notify us immediately.
Please call the school’s Health Office (ex 4700) if your child is home sick or will be late. Attendance is taken daily. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me at (845) 446-1008 ext. 4700.
Margaret Moscatello R.N.
Please call your child's health care provider right away to make an appointment.
DO NOT wait until the last minute.
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