TOO SICK FOR SCHOOL??
Consider keeping your child at home for an extra day of rest and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms:
• Very stuffy or runny nose and/or a cough
• Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep)
• Mild stomachache
Definitely keep your child at home for treatment and observation if he or she has any of these symptoms:
• Fever (greater than 100 degrees by mouth) Your child may return to school when they have been fever free for 24 hours WITHOUT the use of medication
• Vomiting (even once) Your child may return to school when they have not vomited for 24 hours
• General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches
• Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough
• Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose
A DOCTOR'S NOTE IS NEEDED IF YOUR CHILD IS OUT OF SCHOOL FOR MORE THAN 3 DAYS IN ORDER TO RETURN TO SCHOOL.
Colds are the most contagious during the first 48 hours. A child who has a fever should remain at home until “fever free” for a minimum of 24 hours. A child who has started antibiotics needs to be on the medication for 48 hours before considered non-contagious and able to return to school. Often when a child awakens with vague complaints (the way colds and flu begin), it is wise to observe your child at home for an hour or two before deciding whether or not to bring to school. Your child should be physically able to participate in all school activities on return to school. Keeping a sick child at home will help minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.
Thank you in advance for helping make this year at Woodrow Wilson School as healthy as possible.