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Too Sick for School

It's normal for children to get sick from time to time. But when should a parent keep a child home? 

Below are some guidelines to help you make the decision about when to keep your child home from school. The recommendations are based on the guidelines provided by the Communicable Disease Program of the Washington County Department of Health and Human Services. They were developed to help prevent the spread of potentially contagious disease.

Too Sick for School - stop

SYMPTOMS OF ILLNESS

Too Sick for School - go

THE STUDENTS MAY RETURN AFTER...

(The list bellow indicates the shortest time to stay home. A student may need to stay home longer for some illnesses.)

Too Sick for School - fever
Fever: temperature of 100.4°F or greater
Fever-free for 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medicine.
Too Sick for School - cough
New cough illness OR new difficulty breathing
Symptoms improving for 24 hours (no cough or cough is well controlled and breathing comfortably). Urgent medical care may be needed. 
Too Sick for School - headache
Headache with stiff neck or with fever
Symptom-free OR with orders from doctor to school nurse. Follow fever instructions if fever is present. Urgent medical care may be needed.
Too Sick for School - diarrhea
Diarrhea: 3 loose or watery stools in a day or unable to control bowel movements
Symptom-free for 48 hours OR with orders from doctor to school nurse.
Too Sick for School - vomit
Vomiting: one or more episodes that are unexplained
Symptom-free for 48 hours OR with orders from doctor to school nurse.
Too Sick for School - rash
Skin rash or open sores
Symptom-free, which means rash is gone or sores are dry or can be completely covered by a bandage OR with orders from doctor to school nurse.
Too Sick for School - red eyes
Red eyes with eye discharge: yellow or brown drainage from the eyes
Symptom-free, which means redness and discharge are gone OR with orders from doctor to school nurse.
Too Sick for School - jaundice
Jaundice: new yellow color in eyes or skin
After the school has orders from doctor or local health authority to school nurse.
Too Sick for School - confusion
Acting differently without a reason: unusually sleepy, grumpy or confused
Symptom-free, which means return to normal behavior OR with orders from doctor to school nurse.
Too Sick for School - hospital
Major health event, like an illness lasting 2 or more weeks OR a hospital stay OR health condition requires more care than school staff can safely provide 
After the school has orders from doctor to school nurse AND after measures are in place for student’s safety. Please work with the school staff to address special health care needs so the student may attend safely.

Home is the best place for a child who is ill. If your child is sick with a diagnosed communicable disease, please notify the school as soon as possible. This notification will greatly assist others who, due to medical reasons and/or treatments, have weakened immune systems and may require immediate and specialized care.

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