Student Health

For the well being of all students, children should remain at home if they are ill. Below are some general guidelines to help you decide if you should keep your child home from school:

Keep at Home
Fever above 100.5 or more , taken orally (or 101 F taken by ear, rectally,r temperal scan). Note that ear temperatures are oftern not accurate and temperatures should be taken using another route, if temperature is high.

Cough or Difficulty breathing- If child has labored breathing (heavy chest muscles with each breath), rapid breathing at rest, blue color to skin, or wheezing (if never previously evaluated and treated), and see a doctor. Keep at home ifnyour child has pertussis (whooping cough) until 5 days of antibiotics have been received, or tuerculosis (until treated).

Rash that is undiagnosed - especially when there is fever and behavioral change.

Chicken Pox - keep home until all blisters are scabbed over and there is no signs of illness.

Diarrhea - keep at home if the student wears diapers, if there is blood or mucous in stool (unless from medication or hard stool), if stool is black or very pale, or if the stools are very watery and increasing in frequency. See a doctor immediately if diarrhea is accompanied by: no urine output for 8 hours, jaundice skin; or child looks/acts very ill.

Vomiting - more than once a day or accompanied by fever, rash, or general weakness.

Impetigo - Keep the child home for 24 hours after staring an antibiotic treatment.

Ringworm (contagious skin fungus infection) - Keep home until treatment has started. If it is in an exposed area, upon return, cover visable area with dressing and or clothing. Ringworm of the scalp requires an oral medication, but child may return to school if covered with appropriate cream or covered.

Cold Sore - Cold sores can be passed from one person to another, but only through direct contact. Children who drool or place toys in their mouths when they have cold sores should stay home; other children may come to school.

Unless otherwise indicated, students with the above symptoms need to be absent for at least 24 hours prior to returning to school.

If at any other time you are unsure if your child's illness is contagious, you may want to call your child's primary care provider. I you have any futher concerns, please contact Nurse Jennifer Haley (619) 266-7700 ext.3050.

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