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Reasons to Stay Home

 

 

There are 4 main reasons to keep sick children at home:

 

 

  1. The child doesnt feel well enough to take part in normal activities (such as overly tired, fussy or wont stop crying).
  2. The child needs more care than teachers, staff or the nurse can give and still care for the other children.
  3. The illness is on this list and staying home is recommended
  4. Based on a nursing assessment/judgment the child should be at home. The Converse County School District #1 reserves the right to send a child home at any time, based on the nurses assessment and judgment.

 

And remember, the best way to prevent the spread of infection is through good hand washing.

 

 

 

Children with the following symptoms/illness should be kept home (excluded) from school:

 

SYMPTOMS

 

CHILD MUST BE HOME?

 

DIARRHEA

Frequent, loose or watery stools compared to childs normal ones that are not caused by food or medicine.

 

YES - if a child looks or acts sick; if child has diarrhea with vomiting; if child has diarrhea that overflows the diaper or toilet.

 

FEVER

A fever of 100°F or above.

 

YES

 

“FLU-LIKESYMPTOMS

Fever over 100°F with a cough or sore throat. Other flu symptoms can include tiredness, body aches, vomiting and diarrhea.

 

YES - for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone, without the use of medicine that reduces the fever.

 

COUGHING

Note: Children with asthma may go to school with a written healthcare plan and the school is allowed to give them medicine and treatment with a signed healthcare provider’s order at school.

 

YES - if severe, uncontrolled coughing or wheezing, rapid or difficulty breathing and medical attention is necessary.

 

Mild RESPIRATORY OR COLD SYMPTOMS

Stuffy nose with clear drainage, sneezing, mild cough.

 

NO - may attend if able to take part in school activities. Keep home if symptoms are severe. This includes fever and the child is not acting normally and/or has trouble breathing.

 

RASH

Note: Body rash without fever or behavior changes usually does not need to stay home from school, call the healthcare provider.

 

YES with fever and/or nursing judgment; Call the healthcare provider. Any rash that spreads quickly, has open weeping wounds and/or is not healing should be evaluated.

NO - without fever and or nursing judgment.

 

VOMITING

Throwing up not related to activity, coughing, or self induced.

 

YES - until vomiting stops or a healthcare provider says it is not contagious; if the child has a recent head injury. Watch for other signs of illness and for dehydration.


 

 

ILLNESS

 

CHILD MUST BE HOME?

 

CHICKEN POX

 

YES - until blisters have dried and crusted (usually 6 days)

 

CONJUNCTIVITIS (PINK EYE)

 

Health Care Provider or School Nurse to evaluate. If School Nurse refers to Health Care Provider follow their treatment and recommendation regarding school exclusion and for how long.

 

FIFTHS DISEASE

 

NO - child is no longer contagious once rash appears

 

HAND FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE

(Coxsackie virus)

 

NO - unless the child has mouth sores, is drooling and isnt able to take part in usual activities.

 

HEAD LICE

 

Contact School Nurse for Protocol.

 

NOROVIRUS

 

YES - the student must stay home for 24 hours after the last vomiting/diarrhea episode.

 

SCABIES

 

YES - for 24 hours after first treatment.

 

HEPATITIS A

 

YES - until 1 week after the start of the illness and when able to take part in usual activities.

 

HERPES/COLD SORES

 

No exclusion unless child cannot stop touching or picking the sore. Good handwashing is necessary.

 

IMPETIGO

 

YES - for 24 hours after starting antibiotics

 

RINGWORM

 

NO - area must be covered for the first 2 days after treatment has started.

 

ROSEOLA

 

YES - if the child has a fever and rash, call the healthcare provider.

 

STREP THROAT

 

YES - for 24 hours after starting antibiotics and the child is able to take part in usual activities.

 

VACCINE PREVENTABLE DISEASES Measles, Mumps, Rubella (German Measles), Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

 

YES - until the healthcare provider says the child is no longer contagious. Please provide a note from the healthcare provider to the school nurse.

Note: If there is a disease outbreak at school all vaccine

exempt students may be excluded during the active outbreak per WY state guidelines.