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Sick Day Guidelines

If your child becomes ill and doesn’t feel well enough to take part in school, as parents or guardians, you should keep your child home until the symptoms improve.  This also can help to prevent the spread of the illness to others at school.  These are some of the examples of when your child should be kept home:

  • Active vomiting
  • Active diarrhea – three or more times in six hours
  • The beginning of an airway infection (cold/cough/runny nose) [This is especially important for those who are unable to manage their own body fluids]
  • Extreme tiredness and/or lack of appetite
  • Fever with headache, body aches, earache, sore throat
  • Undiagnosed or unknown rash (a rash that has not been seen or treated by a health care provider)
  • Any of the above symptoms with fever or chills
  • Untreated skin conditions
  • If antibiotic treatment is needed, your child should remain home for the first full 24 hours of medication (e.g., if your child has three doses per day ordered, then three doses must be given before the child returns to school)

If your child has a fever of 101 degrees or higher, please keep them home for 24 hours after the fever subsides and without use of fever reducing medications such as Tylenol or Motrin.

The school environment is ideal for the spread of illness. Illness can be spread from person to person by respiratory droplets, body fluids, and or touching anything that has been in contact with an ill individual. The top spots for germs: telephone receivers, refrigerator door handle, sink handles, light switches, the front of microwaves, and TV remotes.


Hand Washing: Your Best Defense!

The best method of preventing the spread of any illness is HAND WASHING!!

1) Before prepping, cooking, and eating food

2) After using the bathroom

3) After blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing into your hand or tissue.

4) After touching or holding animals, their toys, and or waste

5) After handling garbage

6) Frequently when someone in the home is sick

7) Whenever they look dirty.

All it takes is 20 seconds (sing the song Happy Birthday two times), warm water, and some soap!! Wet hands with warm running water, apply liquid soap, and lather well (make big bubbles). Rub hands vigorously together for at least 20 seconds. Scrub all surfaces-backs & fronts of hands, wrists, between fingers, and under your fingernails. Rinse well. Dry your hands with a CLEAN or disposable towel Use a towel to turn off the faucet.

Hand sanitizers are okay to use when soap and water are not available. If you have a cough, coughing into the crook of your own arm, a tissue, or the inside of your shirt can decrease the spread of air borne germs.