As we continue through this cold and flu season, we would like to share some things to keep in mind when your student is sick.
When to keep your Student home from School
Fever: A student has a temperature of more than 100°F by mouth. The student should not return until 24 hours of no fever, without fever-reducing medications.
Diarrhea: A student that has two loose or watery stools, even if there are no other signs of illness. The student should have no loose stools for 24 hrs prior to returning to school.
Exception: A healthcare provider has determined it is not infectious.
Vomiting: A student who has vomited in the last 24 hr period should be kept home. The student should have no vomiting episodes for 24 hrs prior to returning to school.
Exception: A Healthcare provider has determined it is not infectious.
Rash or infection of the skin: Keep the student home until rash subsides or until a healthcare provider determines it is not infectious.
Eye infection: The student has yellow or green discharge from the eye(s). The student should stay home and be seen by a healthcare provider. If an antibiotic is prescribed, the student should have started antibiotic drops 24 hrs prior to returning to school.
Please be sure to call the student in as absent and/or provide a doctor’s note if there was an office visit. We understand the importance that school attendance plays in each student's school success. We also find that if a student returns to school too soon after an illness they will not function as well. We hope this helps when making decisions concerning when to send your student to school. If you have any questions or concerns, please call to speak with one of our school nurses.
Rachel Hautamaki RN, BSN
Iron Mountain School District Nurse