GUIDELINES FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE:
Parents often ask the question “Is my child too sick to go to school?“ Below are a few guidelines you can use to determine whether your child is too sick to go to school.
For many people, a runny nose is a reaction to pollen, dust, chalk or simply to a change of season. If it is not a normal cold, it is probably an allergy. Your child may go to school and does not have to remain at home.
Heavy coughing or cold symptoms can be signs of a severe cold, bronchitis, the flu or even a lung infection. A normal cold is no reason not to go to school. However, if your child is behaving strangely, has a fever or difficulty breathing or is dehydrated, there could be serious reasons for this. Please contact your doctor immediately.
Diarrhea and vomiting are very unpleasant for children. If your child has episodes of diarrhea and vomiting, please keep your child at home until s/he is healthy again.
Fever is an important symptom. If it is accompanied by a sore throat, nausea, lethargy or discharge, your child may have an extremely infectious disease. Keep your children at home while they have a fever and for 24 hours after the fever has broken. We would like to urge you to adhere to this rule.
Streptococcus infection in the throat or tonsils and scarlet fever are two extremely infectious diseases that are caused by a bacterial infection. They are generally accompanied by a sore throat and high fever. Discharge is also visible 12 to 48 hours after the start of the scarlet fever. If your child has a streptococcus infection in the throat or tonsils or scarlet fever, s/he must remain at home and be treated with antibiotics according to the doctor’s instructions. After 24 hours of treatment with antibiotics, your child may return to school with the doctor’s permission.
If your child wakes up and does not feel good and/or has a fever, s/he must stay home. Your child will not only have difficulty learning, s/he can also infect other students and teachers. The rule of thumb is that your child may return to school when s/he has been fever-free for 24 hours. If your child saw the doctor, we ask you to follow the doctor’s instructions about when it is appropriate for your child to return to school. If your child is treated for an infectious disease (e.g. streptococcus infection in the throat or tonsils, conjunctivitis, infectious mononucleosis, head lice), please inform the school nurse, Martina Pitman, immediately via email at email@example.com or by telephone at 301.767.3814.
If your child gets sick or is injured at school, s/he must contact the school nurse and may not inform parents directly. The school nurse will evaluate your child’s health and inform you if your child needs to be picked up. Your child will be cared for until you arrive. However, please consider that under these circumstances, it is best if you come as quickly as possible. If a sick or injured child requires immediate attention, we will call 911.
School Nurse: Martina Pitman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 301.767.3814