School Illness:

How long should your child stay home?
Any time you have questions please consult your medical provider or school nurse.

* FEVER: Stay home until child is fever free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication and child feels well enough to participate in normal school activities.
* VOMITING: Stay home if child has thrown up in the last 12 hours.
* DIARRHEA: Stay home if child has had diarrhea 2 or more times in the past 24 hours.
* PINKEYE: If the whites of the eyes are red with green or yellow drainage, stay home until medical provider clears the student to return to school.
* COUGH AND SHORTNESS OF BREATH: Continuous coughing or wheezing that causes chest pain or unusual discharge should be checked by a medical provider who should clear the student's return to school.
* HEAD LICE: Stay home until all live lice are removed and remove as many nits (eggs) as possible. Children can attend school with nits only. The school nurse will check the child's head when they return. Continue daily nit removal.
* CHICKEN POX: Stay home until all blisters have scabbed and are dry.
* STREP THROAT: Stay home until 24 hours of antibiotic therapy and free of fever for 24 hours.
* INFLUENZA: SEASONAL OR H1N1: Stay home until fever free for 24 hours without using fever reducing medication and child feels well enough to participate in normal school activities.

We will continue to monitor illness in the schools closely! This helps the school health program in many ways and helps you too. Last year, we were able to alert our families immediately when the first confirmed H1N1 illness was reported. The schools all stepped up their hygiene measures, used masks for coughing students until they were picked up form school and in general used strong messages to ask parents to keep students home until they were fever free (with medication) for 24 hours.

Illness surveillance will be especially important during this school year as we may be dealing with both the seasonal and H1N1 influenzas. The attendance secretaries have been requested to report weekly illness levels on Tuesday's and to call the health department on anyday when the illness rate is 10% or more. Please support our efforts in monitoring levels of illness by reporting your child's symptoms and types of illness. If your medical provider has diagnosed a communicable illness that could affect other students in the school, we would appreciate it greatly if you would share this with the school nurse.

The school attendance line will have the following message on it. Please leave your name, student's name, and the reason for absence. To assist the health department, if the reason is illness, please indicate whether it is stomach, cough, fever, or other. If your child is seen at a medical clinic, either provide a fax or medical note upon student's return to school.