Thursday, February 24, 2011

Is my child too ill to attend school?

Parents are often confronted with this decision when their child complains of not feeling well. The guidelines shown on the inside of this brochure may be helpful. It will not cover every medical condition and does not take the place of seeking medical attention. Please consult your doctor for specific medical advice.

Fever - 100 degrees or higher - A fever is a sign of illness. A child with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher should not attend school. The child should be free of fever for 24 hours before returning to school.

Sore Throat/Colds/Cough - Minor cold symptoms are common and usually don't interfere with school attendance. A persistent, frequent cough and/or constant nasal drainage may affect your child's performance at school, and he/she may be more comfortable at home.

Rash - A rash may cover the entire body or only one area. A child that has a rash that is draining, has open areas or is causing the child to itch excessively should not attend school. A rash accompanied with other symptoms such as: a fever, sore throat, irritability, vomiting, etc. should not attend school.

Vomiting/Diarrhea - A child who has vomited should wait 24 hours and be able to retain solid foods before returning to school. A child who is having frequent diarrhea stools should not attend school. If there is cramping/abdominal pain with diarrhea, the student may be more comfortable at home.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Still dealing with stomach virus~

Just to keep you informed, we are still dealing with the stomach virus noted in January's posting. A couple cases of strep have been confirmed and head lice in a couple of classes. I believe we have seen a couple of cases of Influenza (one that I know was confirmed via lab testing) the other I suspect.

Again, I cannot stress the need for reminding your children of good hand washing techniques and to not touch the T-zone areas of their faces. This is the #1 way for viruses to enter the body. (T-zone is eye, nose & mouth)

On a upside of things Spring is coming and with this I must ask that you continue to make certain your children are dressing appropriately. Jackets & hats are a must on most days for now. Until we are in mid 60's no one should be without outer wear.

Nurse Donna