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When to Keep Students Home From School

When to Keep Students Home From School

Students should not attend school if:
  • They have a temperature of 100 degrees or greater.
- Students must be fever free for a full 24 hours before returning to school. It is common for temperatures
to be low in the morning but rise during the day. So, the 24 hour wait time is extremely important.
 
  • They have red eyes with yellow crusting or drainage, which is probably contagious.
- Students must be on antibiotics for a full 24 hours with no drainage before returning to school.
 
  • They have had vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24 hours.
- Students must not have any vomiting and/or diarrhea for a full 24 hours before returning to school.
 
  • They have a significant cold with frequent cough, sneezing, and/or nasal drainage.

  • They have a persistent deep cough that has not been evaluated by a health care provider.

  • They have a sore throat with a fine red rash, headache, stomach ache, fever.
- These are all symptoms of strep throat/scarlet fever and must be evaluated by a health care provider.
 
  • They have a rash or skin condition that has not been diagnosed by a health care provider.
- Rashes with a fever, painful skin sores and skin sores with drainage must be evaluated by a health care
provider. A note from the health care provider is requested stating when the child is no longer
contagious and able to return to school.
 
  • They seem sick without any obvious symptoms.
- They may be pale, irritable, and/or tired. They may have no appetite or energy.
 
  • They have a contagious illness.
- If the health care provider prescribes antibiotics, students should not return to school until they have been on antibiotics for a full 24 hours or until they are no longer considered contagious as
documented by the health care provider.
 
 
Please remember that hand washing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of infection.
 
Remember to cough into your sleeve, tissue or elbow and then always wash your hands.
 
If we all follow these guidelines we will greatly reduce student and staff illnesses and absences!
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