When to Keep Your Child Home from School

When to Keep Your Child Home from School      

It seems like there is always something going around when it comes to kids.  Here are some guidelines to help you to know when to keep your child home from school.

APPEARANCE/DISCOMFORT
If your child appears unusually tired, irritable, pale or has an unusual lack of appetite, it is recommended they do not come to school.

DIARRHEA

If your child has had three or more watery stools in a 24-hour period, especially if your child acts or looks ill, or has a fever of 100.0F or more, it is recommended they do not come to school.

EYES
We understand that eyes are sometimes swollen and irritated by allergens or virus. Because of the extremely contagious nature of Bacterial Pink Eye, we ask you to consult with your doctor before sending your child to school with these symptoms: Thick mucus or pus draining from eye, or if eye is red, puffy and itchy or painful. Your child can attend school 24 hours after starting medical treatment for bacterial Pink Eye.

FEVER
Temperature of 100.0F or higher is an indication that your child could be contagious. Giving a child Tylenol or Ibuprofen will bring the temperature down, and make them more comfortable, but will not prevent them from passing their illness on to classmates. Please keep them home for at least 24 hrs after the temperature drops below 100.0F without medication.

RASH
If your child has a body rash, especially with fever and/or severe itching and discomfort that prevents them from paying attention in class it is recommended they do not come to school.

VOMITING
If your child has vomited two or more times within the past 24 hours it is recommended they do not come to school.

HEAD LICE
Children cannot return to school until their hair has been treated with lice shampoo and All live lice have been removed from the hair. The student needs to check in with the nurse before returning to class, please plan on bring your child and remaining until cleared by the nurse.

SEVERE SORE THROAT/ COUGH

If there is a fever of 100.0F or more, or swollen glands in the neck it is recommended they do not come to school.  A frequent severe cough, can be a distraction to the class. Please feel free to send cough drops with your child for coughs. They can keep the bag in the nurse’s office for easy access as needed.
        
If you have any questions, please call the nurse’s office between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Nurse’s office  206.252.5712    
FAX: 206.743.3184     

Anita Huntley RN BSN MPH NCSN            
Wedgwood School Nurse                
    
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