- A fever greater than 100° F
- Serious cold symptoms, i.e. persistent coughing, sneezing, severe nasal congestion
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat that interferes with swallowing or with a fever or rash
- Cough with wheezing or moderate to severe chest pain
- Headache severe enough to interfere with learning
- Diarrhea or vomiting
- Open sores with drainage or undiagnosed rash
- Untreated head lice (call the health office with questions)
- “Pinkeye” when the whites of the eye(s) are completely red and pus may be present
- Menstrual cramps accompanied by vomiting or fever
FEVER –greater than 100° F
A fever is usually a signal that all is not right with the body. The best way to check for fever is with a thermometer, which every home should have. No child with a fever over 100 degrees should be sent to school. When a thermometer is not available, check the child’s forehead with the back of the hand. If it is hot, keep the child home until fever can be checked with a thermometer. Do not allow the child to return to school until s/he has been free of fever for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.
COUGH, SORE THROAT, RUNNY NOSE
A child with a hacking cough and/or a very runny nose belongs home in bed, even without a fever. If your child is having thick, colored nasal discharge for more than 10 days, consult your doctor to determine if it is a bacterial infection and the child should stay home until seen by a doctor. Here is a resource about influenza: Flu take 3 actions.pdf Here is a resource to help distinguish between colds, flu, and pertussis: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/communicable/influenza/ColdFluPertussis.htm
If your child complains of a sore throat and has no other symptoms, he may go to school. If white spots can be seen in the back of the throat or if fever is present keep him/her home and call your doctor. If your child has been diagnosed with strep throat or scarlet fever, your child needs to be on an antibiotic for 24 hours and fever free before returning to school.
A rash may be the first sign of one of childhood’s many illnesses, such as measles or chicken pox. A rash, or “spots” may cover the entire body or may appear in only one area. Do not send a child with a rash to school until your doctor has said that it is safe to do so.
STOMACHACHE, VOMITING, DIARRHEA
Consult your doctor if your child has a stomachache that is persistent or severe enough to limit his/her activity. If vomiting occurs, keep your child home until he can keep his food down. A child with diarrhea should be kept at home. Call your doctor if prompt improvement does not occur. Your child must be free of symptoms for 24 hours before returning to school.
EARACHE: Consult your doctor without delay.
HEADACHE: A child, whose only complaint is headache, usually need not be kept at home unless there are other complaints. If the headache is severe enough to interfere with learning, keep him/her at home.
Please refer to the Infectious/Communicable Diseases Policy and Administrative Guidelines (453.3) for more information.