School Nurses Provide Guidance To Prevent Spread of Cold, Flu

It is the time of year again where Influenza and other illnesses are on the rise. To help keep all students safe and healthy, school nurses compiled a list of symptoms to watch for when determining if you should keep your child at home.

  • An oral temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or above. The child’s temperature must remain below 100 degrees for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications before they can return to school.
  • An illness that caused vomiting two or more times during the previous 24 hours, unless the vomiting is known to be caused by a condition that is not contagious.
  • Diarrhea. The child should be free of symptoms for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Persistent nasal congestion, reddened eyes, sore throat, cough, or headaches that disrupt the student’s learning or pose a risk of illness to others.
  • Unexplained skin eruptions or rashes.
  • Any other health condition that, in the school nurse’s judgment, is of concern for the health and well-being of the child and others.
  • Communicable illnesses for which you have been advised to keep your child out of school until cleared to return by the county health department or your child’s doctor.

Please help your schools prevent the spread of infectious disease by keeping your child home if they are contagious. This will allow all students to stay healthy while at school as attendance at school is vital to your students education. Your student’s school nurse will contact you if your child becomes ill during the school day. If a parent and/or guardian cannot be reached, the alternate emergency contacts will be called.

Access the full WDMCS illness guidelines