HOME CONTROL OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

The control of communicable (catching) disease during the school year is a difficult problem and an important responsibility. The first responsibility must fall upon the home because parents know the normal appearance of their children and should be the first to detect signs of illness.  Frequent handwashing is the best prevention!

The following rules will help control communicable diseases in the community.

1. Your child should remain at home if exhibiting any signs of illness.

2. When questioning illness, your family physician is the appropriate person to contact to determine whether or not your child should be in school.

Some signs of illness:

  • Fever (giving a child tylenol or motrin to reduce a fever and then sending to school is not appropriate)
  • Diarrhea
  • Severe Sore Throat ( If fever exists, the throat is red, and there are white spots,  strep throat is possible.  Call your a doctor.)
  • Draining Wound
  • Rash which may be contagious
  • Vomiting (be sure the child can keep food down before sending to school)
  • Deep continuous coughing

All students with a fever need to remain at home until they are fever free for 24 hours.  If antibiotics have been prescribed, they must be on the medication for at least 24 hours and fever free before returning to school.