From the School Nurse...

Conditions that may be contagious could result in a student being sent home from school include, but are not limited to:
Fever (100.4 Fahrenheit OR HIGHER)
Hand-Foot-Mouth
Head lice or scabies
Pink eye with or without drainage
Recurrent diarrhea and/or stool incontinence
Skin rash or lesions
Vomiting

Poorly contained conditions that contaminate surfaces and pose a health risk to other students (whether suspected or confirmed diagnosis): MRSA, shingles, impetigo, ringworm

Antibiotic Medication Guideline - If your child is prescribed antibiotic medication, then your child should not return to school until the child has been on their prescribed antibiotic for at least 24-48 hours.  If the prescribed dose of antibiotic medication is only once or twice daily, then the child is expected to receive the prescribed dosage at home.  If medication dosing is 3 or 4 times daily, then parents are permitted to administer medication to the child in the school setting or parents can complete a medication form for trained school personnel to administer the medication to their child(ren) during the school day.

Cold and Flu
Symptoms Cold Flu
Fever Rare Usual, high (102-104 degrees F)
Headache Rare Common
Aches, Pains Slight Usual, often severe
Fatigue Sometimes Usual, can last up to 3 weeks
Extreme Exhaustion Never Usual, at start of illness
Stuffy Nose Common Sometimes
Sneezing Usual Sometimes
Sore Throat Common Sometimes
Chest Discomfort, Cough Mild to Moderate Common, can be severe
Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea Rare Rare

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most colds, viral in nature, can last 5-14 days. When symptoms are severe, worsen after the first week, or continue past 10-14 days, then evaluation is appropriate. An associated fever is not a disease, but a sign the body is fighting off an illness. 

A productive cough with green, brown, or bloody sputum does warrant a further medical evaluation.

Nasal secretions that are green in color do not indicate a need for antibiotics. Associated symptoms and/or length of symptoms is key.

Stomach Flu (Gastroenteritis) is not the flu since influenza is a respiratory condition. Gastroenteritis is generally caused by viruses, bacteria, or even parasites and generally lasts 1-2 days, rarely up to 10.