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When Is Your Child Too Sick To Send To School?

The following guidelines are provided too help you determine when your child should stay home:

  • Chicken Pox is a communicable disease that presents as a rash of small clear blisters that open, crust & then form scabs.  Your child can return to school when all blisters have formed scabs, usually 7 days after all pox have appeared.
  • Common Cold/Flu frequently will present with debilitating symptoms like nasal discharge, cough, sneezing, bad headache nausea, vomiting and feeling tired.  If your child has a fever over 100 degrees, bad cough, difficulty breathing or becomes dehydrating he or she will need to be seen by your doctor as soon as possible.
  • Conjunctivitis (Pinkeye) bacterial type with the following symptoms:  red sclera and conjunctiva, yellow crusted eyelids especially when waking up in the morning, burning and excessive itching and rubbing of the eyes.  Treatment will include eye drops prescribed by your doctor.  Can return to school 24 hours after treatment has been started.
  • Coxsackievirus is a communicable disease usually presents with painful sores on the hands, feet and in the mouth.  Fever, nausea and vomiting can also occur.  Your child may return to school after medical clearance from your doctor.
  • Diarrhea with multiple episodes of loose stools; may have a fever and abdominal cramping.  Your child may return to school when free of diarrhea and without fever for 24 hours.
  • Fever over 100 degrees will need to be excluded from school.  Your child may return to school when fever has been gone for 24 hours.
  • Mononucleosis, Epstiein Bar, Chronic Fatigue, Hepatitis are communicable disease includes many different symptoms similar to the flu.   Will require medical clearance including activity order before your child can return to school.
  • Pediculosis (Head Lice) causes severe itching, rash and enlarged lymph nodes on the head and neck areas.  Head lice are very contagious and will require treatment with a product specifically made to kill lice.  Consult your school nurse, pharmacist or doctor to assist you with the best way to get rid of lice, prevent spread t and prevent re infestation.
  • Sore Throat with pain and fever needs to be looked at by your doctor.  Your child may return to school when he/she is fever free for 24 hours.
  • Strep Throat and Scarlet fever are very contagious bacterial infection.  Symptoms include red enlarged tonsils, with or without pus like exudates, fever, headache, nausea and vomiting.  Your child may return to school after 24-48 hours of antibiotic treatment and fever free.

What parents/guardians need to know about Whooping Cough:



Please be sure to notify the school if your child is absent.

Mount Olive Middle School
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