Toni Garcia our School Nurse
Guidelines For Sick Children
FEVER: Temperature should be normal (98.6 orally, or 99.6 rectally) for 24 hours without Tylenol or any other fever reducers before sending your child to school. Temperatures may lower in the morning, and fever may occur again in the afternoon. With a fever your child's immunities are lowered, and he/she is more susceptible to other opportunistic infections.
VOMITING: If your child vomits during the night, do not send him/her to school the next day. They really need rest, nothing PO until the emesis is resolved, and than probably a liquid or soft diet.
DIARRHEA: Loose stools have many causes. Children may return to school when their bowel movements have returned to a normal consistency. If diarrhea persists or is accompanied by other symptoms, consult your doctor.
COLDS: Colds and runny noses are rampant in the school setting. As long as there is no fever or discomfort, the child may go to school. If the cold is accompanied by thick green drainage, your child must stay home, since this may indicate a bacterial infection, may be contagious & require antibiotics.
EARACHE: Hearing is the most important sense for learning, so never ignore an earache. Keep your child home and contact your doctor. If an earache is accompanied by THUNDER (temperature, hearing loss, uncomfortable, no appetite, drainage, ear pulling, real fussy mood), notify your doctor immediately. Antibiotics may need to be started.
CONTAGIOUS INFECTIONS AND INFESTATIONS: Conditions such as lice, scabies, impetigo, ringworm, and pink eye (conjunctivitis) must be properly treated and shown to be noncontagious before the child returns to school. (Child must be nit free = to return to school)
MEDICATIONS: When a child has strep throat or another condition necessitating he/she return to school while still on antibiotics, check with the nurse at the school regarding procedures for administering medications. Collier County Public Schools requires written permission from the doctor and must have the medication in the prescription bottle. If you desire, you may go to school to administer the med yourself.
OTHER SYMPTOMS: Other signs indicating your child is in the early stages of a health problem may include variations from his/her normal behavior, such as irritability, lethargy, loss of appetite, etc. Let your instincts be your guide.