Reasons to keep your child home from school include but are not limited to:
- Fever (temp over 100.5) Please keep your child home till they have gone 24 hours fever free without the aid of Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil (ibuprofen)
- Vomiting. Please keep your child home till they have gone 24 hours without vomiting, unless, you are certain this is associated with something they ate or emotions.
- Flu. If your child is diagnosed with the flu, please notify the health office. These type of illnesses are tracked by grade level. The CDC recommends you keep your child home for 5-7 days from the start of their illness. If your child shows signs/symptoms of the flu, consider having then tested for the flu by your family physician. If diagnosed within a certain period of time, antiviral medication can be prescribed- which has shown to decrease the severity and length of the flu. It is also helpful to know if your child has the flu so you can keep them home and help prevent the spread of infection within the building. It is not too late to get vaccinated for the flu. Flu season extends all the way into the month of May. Keep in mind that once you are vaccinated it will take your immune system about 2 weeks to reach full immunity from the vaccination.
- Strep. Your child needs to stay home until they have been on antibiotics for at least 24 hours, are fever free for at least 24 hours without the aid of a fever reducer, and until they are feeling well enough to engage in learning. Please report cases of strep to the health office. This information is also tracked by grade level.
Speak to your child about how they can stay healthy. Students should bring a water bottle to school and drink water throughout the day. The number one way to prevent illness is to WASH YOUR HANDS…Wet hands, lather soap, rub hands together for at least 20 seconds (that’s the equivalent of singing Happy Birthday twice), rinse thoroughly, and dry with paper towel. Students should NOT be sharing food or beverages. Students should cover their cough by coughing into their shirt collar if they have on short sleeves, or by coughing into their elbow area if they are wearing long sleeves.
For more information click: Flu Guide For Parents
Janice Latendresse, MSN, RN, NCSN