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Guidelines for Keeping your Child Home from School

Guidelines for Keeping Your Child Home from School

 

Parents often wonder whether or not they should send their child to school when they have a mild illness.  If your child has any of the following, you should keep him or her at home:

 

  • Fever above 100° Fahrenheit or more, they should stay home for 24 hours after their temperature returns to normal

     

  • If your child has vomited or had diarrhea, they should stay home until 24 hours after the last episode

     

  • If your child has any rash that might be disease related or you don’t know the cause, check with your primary physician before sending your child to school

     

  • If your child has started on antibiotics for any reason, keep them at home until they’ve had a full 24 hours of medication

     

  • Purulent (pus-like) eye drainage

     

  • Symptoms of severe illness such as unusual fatigue, uncontrolled cough, difficulty breathing

     

  • If your child is ill, please call the school daily to report the illness

  

If you have any questions about these guidelines, feel welcome to call your school nurse or contact your family physician.

 

 

DISEASE

 

SYMPTOMS

 

INCUBATION

PERIOD

 

STUDENT SHOULD STAY HOME UNTIL . . .

 

COMMON COLD

Watery eyes, sneezing runny nose, fatigue

1 to 3 days

OK to come to school unless child has other symptoms requiring exclusion

 

PINK EYE

 

Red, itchy eyes, pus-like drainage from eyes

1 to 3 days

Until diagnosis is verified, and bacterial infection is treated for 24 hours

 

INFLUENZE (FLU)

Fever, muscle aches, sore throat, cough, congestion, fatigue

1 to 3 days

24 hours without fever and well enough to return to usual activities

 

MONO

 

Fever, sore throat, swollen glands, headache, fatigue

4 to 6 weeks

Until well enough to return to usual activities; Physician authorization for sports participation

 

CHICKENPOX

Fever, itchy rash with red bumps, blisters, pustules and scabs

10 to 21 days

6 days after rash began

 

HEAD LICE

Live crawling lice, nits (lice eggs) attached to hair shaft, itchy head and neck

7 to 10 days

Until treated with lice medication and no live lice or nits are seen. Must see the Health Associate before returning to class.

 

RINGWORM

Body: flat round lesions that clear in the center and may have a raised border;

Scalp: round scaly patch with broken off hair shaft

 

Body:

4 to 10 days

Scalp:

10 to 14 days

Until 24 hours after treatment begun

 

IMPENTIGO

Skin lesions with yellow discharge that dries, crusts and sticks to the skin

1 to 10 days

Until 24 hours after treatment begun

 

STREP THROAT

Fever, sore throat, headache, nausea, vomiting, sometimes a fine red rash (scarlatina)

2 to 5 days

24 hours after starting antibiotics without fever for 24 hours

School Numbers         Long Prairie High School              732-2194 ext. 1

                                 Long Prairie Middle School           732-2194 ext. 2

                                 Long Prairie Elementary               732-2194 ext. 3

                                 Long Prairie District Office         732-2194 ext. 5