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Common Illnesses in Schools

- and how parents can help...

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The start of new school year brings close contact with one another and illnesses are easily spread.  We are already seeing common illness in the schools and so, wanted to review some information. 

  • Fever is an important symptom; when it occurs along with sore throat, an earache, nausea, listlessness or a rash, your child may be carrying something very contagious. Children with a fever of 100° F or higher will be sent home.  PLEASE keep children home during the course of a fever and for an additional 24 hours after the fever has passed without using fever reducing medications. 
  • Diarrhea and vomiting make children very uncomfortable, and being near a bathroom becomes top priority. If your child has repeated episodes of diarrhea and/or vomiting accompanied by fever, a rash, or general weakness, consult a doctor and keep your child out of school until the illness passes. PLEASE keep children home during the course of diarrhea and vomiting for an additional 24 hours after the last episode.
  • Conjunctivitis or pink eye is highly contagious and uncomfortable, so take heed when your child complains of an eye or eyes burning, itching, and producing a whitish discharge. Minor cases (caused by a virus) and severe cases (caused by bacteria) require treatment with prescription eye drops. Child may return to school 24 hours after antibiotic treatment has begun.
  • Lice once brought into a home or school, can quickly produce an epidemic of itching and scratching. Caution your child against sharing anybody else’s combs, brushes, or clothing, especially hats.

If your child is diagnosed with any of the following communicable diseases, please notify the nurse; also included is the exclusion time for each illness.

  • Strep Throat – 24 hours after initial dose of antibiotic & able to participate in classes
  • Ringworm/Impetigo/ Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) – 24 hours after initial dose of medication
  • Head Lice – after hair has been treated and nits removed (Please provide note if treated at retail facility or receipt of purchase of appropriate product & nurse may evaluate prior to return to class)

If your child needs to take prescription medication during the school day (antibiotics, for example), a Prescription Medication Form is REQUIRED and it must be signed by both the doctor and the parent/guardian.  Medication that is ordered to be given 3 times a day can be given before school, after school, and at bedtime.  Please do not send to school.  Medications sent to school without this form cannot be given.

Please remind your child to wash hands often.  Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact the nurse assigned to your school.

                            Louisburg District USD 416 Student Health Services       


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