Friendly Reminder From the Health Office:
This is the time of the year when many viruses and germs are prevalent. Keeping your ill child at home is an important way to limit the spread of germs at school. Sometimes knowing when to keep your child at home is a difficult decision for parents. Unnecessary absences interfere with learning, however little learning takes place for the child when sent to school sick. Illnesses can be spread quickly in a classroom; classmates and staff are at risk for illness when a sick child is sent to school.
Here are some guidelines that are meant to be helpful when making the decision about sending your child to school:
- Must be fever free for 24 hours without medication before returning to school. Fever is 100degrees F or higher.
- If an antibiotic is prescribed, must be treated with it for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Vomiting or diarrhea ceased for 24 hours.
Please do not send your child to school if they:
- Have a headache severe enough to interfere with learning.
- Have a fever of 100 degrees F or higher
- Multiple episodes of vomiting and/or diarrhea should be kept home for 24 hours after symptoms subside.
- Serious cold symptoms; coughing, sneezing, nasal congestion, body aches, or fatigue
- Open sores with drainage or undiagnosed rash.
STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO CARRY MEDICATIONS (OTHER THAN FOR USE IN AN EMERGENCY) IN THEIR BACK PACK WHILE AT SCHOOL. ANY MEDICATIONS FOUND WILL BE TAKEN TO THE HEALTH OFFICE. PARENTS CAN FILL OUT THE PROPER PAPERWORK SO THEIR CHILD CAN RECEIVE MEDICATIONS WHILE AT SCHOOL.
Peggy Yee RN BSN
Nicolet High School Nurse