Please do not send your child to school when he/she is ill. Below are some guidelines to help determine whether to send your child to school. Please call the office at (617) 635-8157 as soon as you realize your child will be absent. Keep your child home from school if he/she:
- Had a temperature greater than 100 degrees in the past 24 hours. The child can return to school after he or she has been fever free for 24 hourswithout the use of a fever reducing medication such as Tylenol or Motrin.
- Had diarrhea, nausea or vomited the night before or the morning prior to school. Return only after being symptom free for 24 hours.
- Has been diagnosed with strep throat, pink eye (conjunctivitis), impetigo or other contagious conditions. Following a diagnosis of conjunctivitis, the child may return to school 24 hours after the first dose of prescribed medication.
- Rashes: A child with a suspicious rash should return to school only after the health care provider has made a diagnosis and authorized the child’s return to school.
- Head lice (pediculosis). Stay home until treated and all nits are removed.
- Scabies (body lice). Stay home 24 hours after start of treatment.
- Has been prescribed an antibiotic but has taken the medicine for less than 24 hours
Colds: Mild illnesses such as colds are very common in young children. Most children with mild cold symptoms and no fever who feel well enough to go to school do not need to stay home. However, consider keeping your child at home is he/she is experiencing discomfort from cold symptoms, such as severe congestion and cough or did not sleep well the night prior due to cold symptoms.
Please inform the school nurse of any particular medical problems our child may have. The school nurse is the only staff member who is able to administer medications. All medications must have a doctor’s order, a parent permission form and be in the original prescription bottle.
Remember: Frequent hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of illness!