Promoting Health and Wellness
Children learn best when they are healthy and happy. Any number of things can affect a child's ability to learn. In an effort to improve a student's academic performance, and to minimize the spread of illness, please help the school nurse care for your child by informing the school nurse of any of the following:
- if your child has any chronic or acute illnesses;
- when your child develops any medical issues/problems not previously noted;
- if medication or health needs change, or if your child has recently been exposed to a communicable disease such as strep infection, mumps or chicken pox;
- when there are any changes to the contact information listed on the Student Emergency Information Card including: names, addresses, phone numbers;
- when there is an event at home or in the family that may impact your child at school such as serious illness or death of a family member, death of a beloved pet; and/or,
- if your child is a member of a military-connected family.
Keeping Sick Children Home
Nobody knows your child as well as you. In the event of an illness, here are some guidelines from the School Health Services for when to keep your child home from school:
- Temperature 100o F or above
- Vomiting, diarrhea
- Fever of unknown origin
- Strep infections of any kind, ringworm, conjunctivitis, or impetigo. These are all contagious infections and must be treated with medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school
- Rash of unknown origin - this may indicate many different things and should be checked by your pediatrician
- Pain should be taken seriously, especially in young children. Earaches, toothaches, and headaches should be evaluated.
The attached brochure will assist you in your decision-making on When To Keep Sick Children Home.
Your child may return to school after an illness when he/she has been fever-free for 24 hours.
Last reviewed: March 5, 2018