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Too Sick for School?

All school age children K-12 work hard during the day and even harder if they are involved in sports or extracurricular activities.  An ill child often lacks energy when they don't feel well.  Not only does this put your child's immune system at risk, but it also puts the children around him/her at a greater risk for becoming ill.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that people with influenza-like illness remain at home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100.5 degrees F), or signs of a fever without the use of fever reducing medications.  Use the CDC "Guide to Infectious Diseases for Schools and Day Care Centers" to determine when a child is ready to return to school.  Always consult with your child's physician and your School Nurse.  
Chicken Pox- excluded until all vesicles are scabbed/crusted.

Conjunctivitis (pink eye)- excluded until 24 hours after the start of the appropriate treatment or until physician certifies as non- infectious.

Impetigo- excluded until sores are no longer draining and the child is judged noninfectious by the school nurse or the child's physician.

Influenza or Seasonal Flu- excluded until fever free for 24 hours without a fever reducing agent.  
Scarlet fever/Strep Throat- excluded until 24 hours after antibiotic treatment is started.

Please do not hesitate to contact your School Nurse if you have any questions or are unsure about sending your child to school.