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Notes from the Nurse: When to keep your child home from school.

posted Jan 15, 2013, 1:15 PM by Corinne Altham



When do I keep my child home from school?

I have heard this question many times already this year and it is a great one to ask. I found some very helpful guidelines on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site.

Keep your child home when he/she has:

**Fever, 100.0 Fahrenheit. Your child must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of Advil/Motrin and Tylenol. Please, do not send your child in if he/she had a fever yesterday/last night; this is an indication of illness and your child is very contagious.

*Uncontrolled/excessive sneezing/coughing. Children who have difficulty with managing large amounts of nasal drainage need to be kept home as well. The flu and other viruses are spread through these body fluids being sneezed/coughed into the air and transported from child to child through hand contact.

**Vomited in the last 24 hours

**Diarrhea in the last 24 hours

**Strep Throat: Your child must be on antibiotics for a full 24 hours before returning to school. He/She remains contagious until 24 hours after the start of antibiotics.

**Chicken Pox: Chicken Pox continues to be contagious while new blisters are appearing, when blisters drain and until blisters have all crusted over (this takes approximately 5-7 days).

**The above information is by no means complete nor does it substitute a consultation with your healthcare provider. Please consult your physician/pediatrician for more information and you may also visit the Web site at

How Do I Keep My Child and Myself Healthy?

The following steps help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses like the flu & other illnesses:
*Avoid close contact with people who are ill. If you are ill keep your distance from others to protect

 them from illness.

*Stay home, if possible, from work, school and errands when you are sick. You will prevent others from

  getting sick.

*Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing or cough and sneeze into your sleeve. Wash your hands.

*Wash your hands with soap and water often to help protect you from germs.

*Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs are spread when a person touches something

  contaminated with germs and then touches his/her eyes, nose or mouth.

*Please teach your children how to cover their mouths, wash their hands and teach them not

  to touch their eyes, nose and mouth with their hands.