Sick Child Guidelines

Dear Parent/Guardians,

Greetings! In an effort to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for all of our students and staff, I am reaching out to update you on our sick child guidelines for the 2020-2021 school year.

COVID-19 Symptoms and Exclusion Guidelines

If your child has one of the following symptoms, per state guidelines they must stay home and you should contact your child’s health care provider and/or school nurse to be instructed on when your child can return to school:

  • Fever >100.4
  • Chills
  • New Cough
  • Shortness of Breath or difficult breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell

We know that children tend to show milder symptoms when having COVID-19. Other symptoms of COVID-19 are headache, runny nose, fatigue, muscle/body aches, sore throat, congestion, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. Please keep your child at home and contact your child’s health care provider if you suspect your child has symptoms of COVID-19. If your child has been in contact with someone who was positive for COVID-19, please contact the school nurse to determine when your child can return.

General Sick-Child Guidelines

  • Eyes with thick mucus or pus draining from the eye or pink eye – With pink eye you may see a white or yellow discharge, matted eyelids after sleep, eye pain and/or redness. Your child must receive 24 hours of antibiotics and/or doctor approval before returning to school.
  • Sore Throat with fever or swollen glands in the neck – Your child may return to school after 24 hours of antibiotic with Strep Throat.
  • Vomiting – two (2) or more times within the past 24 hours
  • Diarrhea – two (2) or more watery stools in a 24-hour period, especially if the child acts or looks ill
  • Rash with fever or itching – Heat rashes and allergic reactions are not contagious.
  • Chicken Pox – Children must stay at home for five (5) days after the onset of blisters, or until all pox are scabbed over and dry.
  • Scabies – Children may not return to school until they have been treated.

Feel free to contact me with any questions!

Graciela Rodriguez, RN

School Nurse

Cell: (828) 845-5332

This page was last modified by sradams on Oct 12, 2020 @ 1:48 pm