Guidelines For Contagious Diseases

When deciding whether to send your child to school, the following guidelines may be helpful. Please keep your child home if:

  • A fever (100 degrees or higher) is present or has been in the past 24 hours.
  • The child has a cold with a heavy nasal discharge and/or a persistent cough.
  • The child vomits before school.
  • The child has an unidentified rash.

Remember that : If your child has a fever of 100 degrees F or higher, please keep them home until they are symptom free for 24 hours, without the use of Tylenol or Ibuprofin (motrin or advil). It is strongly recommended by the CDC that you do not give your child Aspirin products for flu symptoms due to the potential risk of Reye's Syndrome .

Varicella(Chicken Pox)

Chicken Pox is a viral disease characterized by fever and a raised, pustular rash. The rash occurs in clusters with a mild fever and sometimes-mild complaints of tiredness and mild respiratory symptoms. The rash originates on the trunk and spreads to the arms and legs. Students who have had the immunization can have small clusters of blister like patches mimicking bug bites. Chicken Pox is transmitted by direct contact with the lesions, or by contaminated air-borne droplets. A child with Chicken Pox may transmit the disease to susceptible children one day prior to the eruption of the rash and until all lesions have become dry and crusted. The incubation is usually 10 - 20 days after exposure, with the highest incidence occurring on the 14th day. Children with uncomplicated Chicken Pox may return to school when all lesions are dry and crusted. Unfortunately, even children who have been immunized against Chicken Pox may develop the disease. A small percentage of children do not develop immunity after receiving the immunization and remain susceptible. Please contact your physician if your child appears to have chicken pox and notify your school nurse.

Conjunctivitis (Pink-Eye):

Defined by pus-like drainage with "gluey eyes" that are itchy and red. If conjunctivits is suspected, please have your child evaluated by a physician. Antibiotic ointment will need to be prescribed if there is a bacterial infection.

Fifth's Disease (Human Parvovirus):

This is a mild viral infection spread via respiratory secretions. Fever, cough, and runny nose can occur. It is no longer contagious once the "slapped cheek" appearance on the face and/or lacey rash appears. Please let us know if your child is diagnosed with this as it may be of a concern to pregnant staff or community members.

Strep Throat (including Scarlet Fever):

Symptoms can include headache, sore throat, stomach ache, fever, vomiting, and enlarged lymph nodes. Left untreated it can lead to Scarlet Fever which consists of a fine red rash existing mostly on the neck and chest lasting 1-10 days. Skin may peel. Important early recognition is essential with adequate treatment to prevent further complications. AFTER 24 hours on appropriate antibiotic therapy, providing they are without fever,the child may return to school.

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