Illness – When to stay home
If your child is unable to eat or drink due to illness, they should be kept home.
Fever: Temperature of 100 degrees or greater. May return to school when fever free without the use of medication.
Chicken Pox: May return to school 5 days after onset of rash, or when all lesions are dry.
Conjunctivitis/Pinkeye (infectious): May return once treatment has started
Diarrhea: May return to school when bowels are under control.
Impetigo: May return to school once treatment has begun
Influenza: May return when fever free without medication and able to eat and drink
Pertussis (Whooping Cough): May return 5 days after antibiotics begun
Rash: With fever. May return to school when fever or deemed non contagious by doctor.
Ringworm: Until treatment has begun. Keep rash covered while in school.
Strep Throat: May return to school 24 hours after treatment begun and fever free off medication
If you have any concerns about your child’s health, contact their heath care provider.
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Poison Ivy rash comes from the toxin found on the poison Ivy plant. Within 12 to 72 hours of contact an intensely itchy rash may develop. The rash and it’s weepy drainage are not contagious. The plant toxins may persist on clothing and surfaces and can continue to create rashes upon contact. If your rash is very intense, widespread or on your face a visit to your health care provider may be warranted. If your child has weeping open poison ivy rash, it should be covered.
Head lice are wingless insects that adhere their eggs (nits) to the hair shaft close to the scalp. Nits are pearly white and tear drop shaped. They do not slide off like dandruff. In order to get rid of lice from your child and home, the following steps need to be taken:
1. Obtain a lice shampoo (pediculocide) from a local pharmacy or department store. Our district physician recommends Nix brand as first line treatment. Follow package instructions for application.
2. Remove all nits from hair. This can be done with a nit comb; metal ones work best but will not remove all nits. Next use fingernails to pull any remaining nits from hair shaft. Work under a good light source as nits are very small and may be hard to see. A magnifying glass can be helpful.
3. Wash all bedding in hot water and dry on high heat. Any items that can not be washed should be bagged up in a plastic bag for 2 weeks or frozen overnight.
4. Wash combs, brushes or other hair care items with soap in boiling water.
5. Check all family members for lice. They are transmitted by close head-to-head contact, sharing hats, brushes or other personal care items. Treat other family members if lice or nits are found.