Is My Child Well Enough To Go To School?

 
"Is my child well enough to go to school today" is a common question asked during the school year and especially at cold and flu season!
The following guidelines may be helpful to parents in making this decision.

I need to stay home from school when……
I have a fever
I have influenza or flu-like symptoms
I have diarrhea
I am vomiting
I have a rash
I have an eye infection
Temperature of 100.0 degrees or higher
Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, headache, or body aches
Within the past 24 hours
Within the past 24 hours
Body rash with itching or fever
Redness and drainage, with or without fever
 
I may return to school when…….
I have been fever free for 24 hours, and have not used any Tylenol or Ibuprofen for 24 hours.
I have been on antibiotics for 24 full hours if prescribed by my physician
I have been fever free for 24 hours.  
 
I have not needed any over the counter medication for 24 hours. 
I have been back to my normal self for 24 full hours.
I have not had any diarrhea for 24 full hours
I have not vomited for 24 full hours
My rash is gone, or I have been seen by a physician and have a note to return to school. 
I have been on antibiotics for 24 full hours if ordered by my physician
I have been seen by a physician and have a note to return to school.
I have been on antibiotics for 24 full hours if prescribed by my physician
 
 
Chickenpox or Shingles
Please notify the school health office of any diagnosed case of chickenpox or shingles.  Your child should remain at home until all blisters have dried to scabs (about 6-10 days).
Cough
Coughing that interferes with or limits your child’s activity or play may need to be evaluated by his/her healthcare provider.
Head Lice    
It is recommended that your child receive treatment with a medicated shampoo following the discovery of live lice and/or nits.
Nasal Drainage    
Think, colored drainage from the nose may need to be evaluated by your child health care provider.
Pink Eye            
Symptoms of pink eye will often include sticky discharge from the eye and a pink tint to the sclera (white portion of the eye).  Contact your child’s physician for advice/treatment for these symptoms as prescriptions eye drops may be necessary.  Your child may return to school if the condition has been diagnosed as non-contagious or 24 hours after beginning treatment with the eye drops
Rash                
Check with your family physician before sending your child to school with a rash in which you do not know the cause.  Children may return to school if the rash has been diagnosed as a non-contagious or once the recommended treatment for the rash has been received.  The diagnosis of a rash cannot be made at school.
Strep Throat            
Child may return to school after 24 hour after antibiotic treatment begins and student is without fever
 
If a child begins to experience one of these conditions during the school day, his/her parent will be contacted to take the child home.  In the event a parent can’t be reached, one of the emergency contacts will then be asked to pick up the child.  School personnel are not able to transport students home.
 
On school mornings, if your child is ill please call the school to report the illness.
  • Foley Elementary School: 968-7286
  • Foley Intermediate School: 968-6251
  • Foley High School: 968-7246
 If the parents/guardians have any questions regarding the above information, the school nurse, Mrs. Michelle Kuhlmann, should be contacted at 320-968-8423 or e-mail mkuhlmann@apps.isd51.org.