Welcome to the Health Services Department. Follow the links to the left for answers to your health-related questions, such as when to keep your child home from schools and how to communicate any health concerns that may impact your child’s learning or safety at school. You will also find links to frequently used health forms and immunization requirement information.
When to Keep Your Child Home From School
If your child has any of these symptoms, please keep him/her home from school, or make appropriate child care arrangements.
- APPEARANCE, BEHAVIOR – unusually tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused or irritable. This is sufficient reason to exclude a child from school.
- EYES – thick mucus or pus draining from the eye or pink eye (conjunctivitis).
- FEVER – temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Remember that a child must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school without fever reducing medication.
- GREENISH NOSE DISCHARGE, AND/OR CHRONIC COUGH – should be seen by a health care provider. These conditions may be contagious and require treatment.
- SORE THROAT – especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck.
- DIARRHEA – 3 or more watery stools in a 24 hours period especially if the child acts or looks ill.
- VOMITING – vomiting 2 or more times within the past 24 hours.
- RASH – body rash with fever. Heat rashes and allergic reactions are not contagious.
- EAR INFECTIONS WITHOUT FEVER – do not need to be excluded, but the child needs to get medical treatment and follow-up. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.
- LICE, SCABIES – It is recommended that children not return to school until lice treatment has been initiated. Children with diagnosed scabies can come to school after treatment.
If your child shows any of the above symptoms at school, it may be necessary to pick him/her up from school.
- Bringing a child to school with any of the above symptoms puts other children and staff at risk of getting sick.
- If all parents keep their sick children at home, we will have stronger, healthier and happier children.
- While we regret any inconvenience this may cause, in the long run this means fewer lost work days and less illness for parents.
Cover all coughs and sneezes – wash hands frequently! Get yearly flu shots for everyone in the family. Prevention is the best defense we have against illness.