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Illness/Disease General Information and Prevention

Chicken Pox
Symptoms : Sudden onset of mild fever, rash on second day looks like pimples which become filled with clear fluid. Later scabs form. There may be more rash up until the 10th day.
Attendance: Students should not come to school until 5 days after rash and until all lesions are crusted.
Note: The student should see a physician for proper documentation and diagnosis of illness.

Diarrhea
If your child has loose or frequent stools, they should stay home until they are free of diarrhea for 24 hours without the aide of medications. If your child has diarrhea at school, you will be called by the nurse or secretary to pick them up.

Fever
If your child has a fever of 100° by mouth or 99° under the arm or higher, he or she should stay home. Your child should be fever free for 24 hours without the help of Tylenol, Motrin or Ibuprofen. If your child is found to have a fever at school you will be called by the school nurse or secretary to pick them up.

Flu
Symptoms include:
FEVER- usually sudden onset. Fever can last 3 to 5 days and is often higher in the afternoons and evenings.
COUGH- the cough starts as dry and hacking and progresses by the 3rd day to wet with thick mucus.
HEADACHES AND MUSCLE ACHES- these can be severe for the first few days.
FATIGUE is common and severe and can last for 1 to 3 weeks.
SORE THROAT- most common in older children and adults.
NASAL CONGESTION AND RED EYES- nasal congestion lasts for 1 to 2 weeks, and eyes may be red for 3-4 days.
VOMITING AND DIARRHEA- is unusual but may be seen in children less than 6 years of age.

Influenza is typically contagious for 5-7 days from the onset of fever. Children should not return to school until they are fever free for 24 hours without the aid of Tylenol or Motrin. Please do not send your child to school ill.
 
Head Lice
Per our school policy, students may not return to school or ride the bus for 24 hours after being sent home for treatment of head lice. Bring your child to the school nurse to be checked out the morning they return to school. If any lice are found, they will be sent back home for further treatment. (They will not be able to return again for 24 hours.) Please don’t bring them to school if you know they have lice/nits in their hair.

HOW TO TREAT LICE
1. Check all your family members carefully for eggs or nits. They are light-colored specks, (about the size of a poppy seed) which attach to the hair shaft. Look near the scalp, especially just above the neckline. Treat anyone who shares a bed with your child.
2. Use an over-the-counter shampoo or cream rinse like RID.
3. Use a special louse comb to remove all the nits. This might be easier if you moisten the hair first with white vinegar. Wet a towel with vinegar, and put it over your child’s head (away from their eyes) for one minute. You can also use nit loosening solutions from the drug store.
4. Wash all bedding, clothing, coats, hats and washable toys. Use hot water and dry in a hot dryer for at least 20 minutes. Wash combs and brushes in the louse-killing shampoo or soak them in scalding water for 10 minutes or more.
5. Consult a doctor if you see areas with deep scratches or that look like they may be infected before using the lice removal shampoos.

For more information on head lice, please check out HeadLice.org.


MRSA/Staph Infection
MRSA Info Sheet - CDC
MRSA/Staph Infection Prevention Letter

Pink Eye
Pink eye is an infection of the conjunctiva (white part of the eye). Your child should not return to school until 24 hours after treatment has been started by a doctor. You will need to present a doctors note to return to school. If your child is suspected to have pink eye while at school, you will be called by the school nurse to pick them up.


Stomach Flu
Stomach flu, sometimes called gastroenteritis, is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines. It can be caused by a viral or bacterial infection or by some poisons.
The symptoms of gastroenteritis include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever, and weight loss.
Stomach flu usually goes away without medical treatment in 1 to 2 days. Home treatment can relieve the symptoms of stomach flu and prevent problems, such as dehydration.
Your child should stay home until vomiting, diarrhea and fever have not occurred for 24 hours without medications.
If your child is found at school to have these symptoms, you will be called to pick them up.

 
Strep Throat
What Is the Difference Between Strep Throat and a Sore Throat?

Not all sore throats are step throat. Most episodes of sore throat - which can be accompanied by a runny nose, cough, hoarseness, and red eyes - are caused by viruses. Sore throats usually clear up on their own without requiring medical treatment.

If your child has strep throat, he or she will start to develop other symptoms within about 3 days. Those symptoms can include:

red and white patches in the throat
difficulty swallowing
tender or swollen glands (lymph nodes) in the neck
red and enlarged tonsils
headache
lower stomach pain
fever
general discomfort, uneasiness, or ill feeling
loss of appetite and nausea
rash
Please remember if your child is ill and running a fever, they should not come to school until they are fever free for 24 hours without using Tylenol or Ibuprofen.


Vomiting
Your child should remain at home until vomiting has not occurred for 24 hours without the aide of medications. If your child vomits at school, you will be called by the nurse or secretary to pick them up.