School Nurse issues guidelines for cold & flu season

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GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR KEEPING CHILDREN HOME FROM SCHOOL DUE TO ILLNESS

Cold and flu season are in full swing, and the Health Office at Tolles is aware that it is sometimes difficult to decide when and how long to keep an ill child home from school. The timing of the absence is often important in order to decrease the spread of disease to others, and to prevent your child from acquiring any other illnesses while his/her resistance is lowered. The following guidelines represent some of the more common childhood illnesses and are based upon the CDC and Ohio Department of Health recommendations.

COMMON COLD: Symptoms can include sore throat, watery discharge from the nose and eyes, sneezing, chills and generalized discomfort. Your child should remain home if symptoms are serious enough to interfere with your child’s ability to learn. Medical care should be obtained if fever develops, if symptoms persist beyond 10 days, or if symptoms are severe or unusual.

FEVER: Fever is a symptom indicating the presence of an illness. If your child’s temperature is 100 degrees or greater, he/she will be sent home and should remain home until he/she has been fever-free, without the use of fever-reducing medications, for a full 24 hours.

FLU: Abrupt onset of fever, chills, headache and sore muscles. A runny nose, sore throat, and cough are also common. Your child should remain at home if symptoms are serious enough to interfere with your child’s ability to learn, and until the child is fever-free, without the use of fever-reducing medications, for a full 24 hours.

PINKEYE (CONJUCTIVITIS): Symptoms include redness of the eye or eyelid, thick and purulent (pus) discharge, matted eyelashes, burning, itching, or eye pain. Your child will be sent home from school and should remain home until after 24 hours of antibiotic treatment has been completed.

STREP THROAT: Symptoms can include fever, a red throat with pus spots, and tender, swollen glands of the neck. Your child should remain home from school until after 24 hours of antibiotic treatment has been completed. A doctor’s note is required for re-admittance.

VOMITING AND/OR DIARRHEA (INTESTINAL VIRAL INFECTIONS): Symptoms can include stomach ache, cramping, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea, possible fever, headache, and body aches. Your child will be sent home from school and should remain at home until he/she has been free of vomiting, diarrhea and fever, without the use of symptom-reducing medication, for a full 24 hours.

Remember: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You can prevent the spread of illness by staying home when sick, washing your hands, covering your cough and sneeze, and disinfecting surfaces. Please contact the Health Office at 614-873-4666, ext. 4269 with any questions or concerns, and remember to keep your emergency contact information updated, so you can be reached when needed.