Students spend many of their waking hours in school, and can easily spread germs while there. Communicable diseases can spread anywhere, but can easily spread while students are in school. Because of this we ask parents NOT to send their child to school if he/she has symptoms of an illness. Children, staff, parents, and volunteers should be excluded from school if any of the following are noted:
- Fever of 100 degrees or above orally.
- Nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain.
- Diarrhea-frequent, loose, watery stools.
- Unusual drowsiness or tiredness.
- Sore throat, acute cold or persistent cough.
- Runny nose (thick green/yellow discharge) (non allergenic).
- Red, inflamed or discharging eyes (pink eye) (non allergenic) must be treated with antibiotic drop/ointment for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
- Swollen glands around jaws, ears or neck.
- Any skin sore oozing of fluid, suspected impetigo (may have a yellow crusty discharge from sore).
- An unexplained rash.
- Symptoms which may suggest an acute illness/conditions needing treatment with an antibiotic may return to the classroom after at least 24 hours of treatment and a decrease in symptoms.
Most schools do not have a full-time nurse to monitor ill or injured students.