The following is a list of guidelines in response to the parents who have had concerns over when to keep their child home from school due to illness. Coming to school sick (and possibly contagious) not only exposes other children to the illness, it may also delay your child's healing time.

* FEVER- if a fever of 100 degrees is present, don't send him or her in.  Headache, lethargy or chills are often the first sign of a fever. The child should be fever free, without the help of medication, for 24 hours before returning.

* VOMITING/DIARRHEA- a child should remain home until vomiting and/or diarrhea have stopped for 24 hours and the child is able to tolerate a normal diet.  Even if these things happen only one time before school starts, and your child feels better immediately afterwards, it is still wise to watch for a few hours to see if it happens again before sending him or her on to class.

* SKIN RASHES- any unexplained rash should be evaluated and cleared by your healthcare practitioner before the child returns.

* PINK EYE -this is contagious.  If it is from a bacterial infection, 24 hours of antibiotic eye drops are required before returning to school.  If viral, please provide a physicianís note stating the child in non-contagious and may to return to school.

*STREP THROAT-a minimum of 24 hours on an antibiotic and 24 hours fever free before returning.

*EAR INFECTION- as long as the child is fever free and not in pain, they may come to school.  If the child is in pain, they will be more comfortable at home.

*COUGHS-a persistent cough may be contagious and a source of distraction to the child and other students.  Medical evaluation may be necessary to rule out bronchitis, pneumonia or flu.

        It is essential that we have up to date emergency contact information, including phone numbers and a list of those adults allowed to pick up your child in your absence.  Sick children need to be picked up promptly for their own comfort as well as lessening their exposure to others.

         If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to call me.  Our goal is to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment for all.