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When should my child stay home from school?

Here area few guidelines:

Colds – There are no hard and fast rules about school attendance for a child who has a cold. If your child has a fever above 100°F, he should stay home until the fever has been down for 24 hours, without medication. If your child is not running a fever, it is best to use good judgment about staying at home. If your child is not up to 6 hours of school work, it might be best to let them rest for the first day or two of a cold. Treated or not, colds last 10-14 days and almost everyone gets one or more especially in the winter, indoor months. As with every contagious illness, hand washing is our best defense! NO sharing cups/spoons!

Strep Throat – Strep throat is a bacterial illness caused by the bacteria streptococcus. Students must stay home until antibiotic treatment has started and fever free >24 hrs without fever reducers.

Chicken Pox – Chicken pox is a viral illness. Students must stay home for 7-10 days after eruption of blisters. Students are contagious prior to blisters appearance. If your child is running a fever 14-21 days post exposure, your child should remain home. All vesicles must have a dry scab before returning to school. Please remember, give Acetaminophen (Tylenol) only for chicken pox. DO NOT GIVE ASPIRIN
Impetigo – Impetigo is a contagious infection of the skin. Students should remain home until treatment has begun.

Diarrhea – There are no hard and fast rules about school attendance for the child who has diarrhea. If your child has a fever above 100° F, he should remain home from school until the fever has been down for 24 hours. If your child is not running a fever, it is best to use good judgment about staying at home. If your child is not up to 6 hours of school work, it might be best to let them rest at home where they are more comfortable.

Ringworm – Ringworm is a fungal infection on the skin and starts out as a scaly, red circular patch. Students may return to school once treatment has begun. The lesion must be covered during school time.

Pink Eye – Pink eye or conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the eyes. It can be caused by a bacterial, viral or fungal infection. Symptoms of infectious pink eye include a redness in one or both eyes. Watery or yellow mucus drainage from the eye is frequently seen with pink eye. Crusty deposits on the eyelashes or corners of the eye are common, particularly in the morning. The child may experience some discomfort.
It is important to call the doctor if pink eye is suspected. The doctor will most likely want to examine the child’s eyes to rule out more serious conditions. If conjunctivitis is confirmed, the child will be given antibiotic eye drops or ointment.
Because of it’s infectious nature, several precautions must be taken to keep it from spreading to other students in the school setting. The child must remain home from school for 24 hours after treatment has begun. Care must be taken to prevent spread of the infection in the home also. Carefully remove the crusty deposits with a warm moist washcloth. Dispose of tissues carefully. Do not share washcloths or towels within the family. Students should be cautioned not to share eye makeup to prevent future infections.  Allergic conjunctivitis is characterized by itching watery eyes. Both eyes are generally affected and there are other symptoms associated with allergies. Allergic conjunctivitis is not contagious and the child will not be excluded from attending school.

Head Lice – Head lice are passed from person to person by direct contact or on shared objects (combs, towels, barrettes, headphones, etc). The most common symptom of infestation is intense itching on the back of the head or neck. Head lice cannot survive without a human host, or on family pets. Head lice do not carry any disease, nor does their presence mean that your child is unclean.  To prevent further spread in the school of this condition, head lice must be treated at once.

Check with your PCP for questions, and get reliable info at www.kidshealth.org.

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