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Can my child go to school?



The nurses in our district have gotten together with our local Pediatrician and have gathered information from the American Academy of Pediatrics to come up with a few guidelines to help keep kids in school.


A few big changes are lice, and pink eye:


Lice: If a student has lice, the nurse will call and let that parent know about situation. The student DOES NOT need to be sent home.  “ Most cases of head lice are acquired outside of school.  The AAP continues to recommend that a healthy child should not be restricted from attending school because of head lice or nits (eggs). Pediatricians are encouraged to educate schools and communities that no-nit policies are unjust and should be abandoned.  Children can finish the school day, be treated and return to school.” American Academy of Pediatrics


Pink eye or conjunctivitis: We no longer will be sending student’s home with pink eye.  Parents will be notified of student having pink eye and again you may choose to pick your child up from school, but does not require being sent home.  “ It is helpful to think of pinkeye like the common cold. Both conditions may be passed on to other children but resolve without treatment. We do not exclude for the common cold. Pinkeye generally results in less symptoms of illness than the common cold.The best method for preventing spread is good hand hygiene.” American Academy of Pediatrics

Student will be excluded from school if the following occur with pink eye:

“ The child is unable to participate and staff members determine that they cannot care for the child without compromising their ability to care for the health and safety of the other children in the group.”

“The child meets other exclusion criteria, such as fever with behavior change.”

“ There is a recommendation of the health department or the child’s health professional.” American Academy of Pediatrics.

 Please practice good hand washing at home.


Fever: Due to Covid, and student with a temperature of 100.4 F, even if they had no other symptoms or feeling ill, will be sent home. If student is lethargic, pale, vomiting with fever or diarrhea with fever student will be sent home.  If they are sent home, they need to remain home until they are fever free for 24 hrs without Tylenol or Ibuprofen masking a fever.


Vomiting: If student vomits they will be sent home, as this is another symptom of Covid.  If they vomit with fever or behavioral changes they will be sent home at that time.  This is to be assessed on a case to case basis. EXAMPLE: if they just ate and then went to recess and were spinning and thew threw up, they can stay.


Diarrhea: If student has diarrhea they will be sent home.  If they have to use the bathroom every few minutes or a couple times during a class period they will be sent home. Also, if diarrhea is accompanied by fever and behavioral changes, student will be sent home.  This also, like vomiting, will be assessed on a case to case basis. EXAMPLE: if they are taking medication that can cause diarrhea (antibiotics) they can stay.




Exclusion Criteria From School:

Student unable to participate in regular activity for a full day.
Student is requiring care that staff is unable to provide.
Severely ill appearance:

Lethargy or lack of responsiveness


Persistent crying

Difficulty breathing


Sore throat

Shortness of breath

Quick spreading rash

Abdominal pain

  ~ lasts over 2 hours

~ intermittent associated with fever or other signs and symptoms

Mouth sores with uncontrolled drooling
Rash with fever or behavioral changes
Skin sores that are weeping and cannot be covered
Fever greater than 100.4 F

(American Academy of Pediatrics)

Terra Adams RN,
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