Limestone County School System HEALTH POLICY
When Your Child Should NOT Be At School
Many parents are concerned about when to keep children who have been ill home from school. These are a few of the most common reasons children should stay home or may be sent home from school.
1. FEVER: Your child should stay home if he/she has a fever of 100 degrees (orally) or higher and should remain home for 24 hours after the fever has gone without medication.
2. VOMITING AND/OR DIARRHEA: Your child should stay home if he/she has vomited or had diarrhea (two times or more) prior to start of the school day. Children with vomiting or diarrhea will be sent home at the school nurse's discretion.
3. PINKEYE: Conjunctivitis can be very contagious. If the white of your child's eye is red and has a thick yellow or greenish colored_drainage, you should keep your child at home until treated.
• Drainage due to allergies is usually clear and involves both eyes simultaneously. . Pinkeye can involve only one eye at a time.
• Children with pinkeye are usually light sensitive, and complain of itching, burning in the eye(s), swollen eyelids, and dried discharge on eyelids upon awakening.
4. HEAD LICE: Children with live bugs will not be allowed in school until their hair has been treated and all steps have been taken to prevent re-infestation. The student will be excused one day per semester for live bugs.
5. RINGWORM: Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin, hair, and nails. Ringworms must be covered with a clean dressing while the child is at school. Ringworm of the head (hair) will need to be evaluated by a physician.
6. RASHES: Any child that has an undiagnosed rash should not attend school.
7. COUGHING/SNEEZING/NASAL DRAINAGE: Your child should not come to school with excessive coughing, sneezing, and nasal drainage. If your child has been kept awake at night with these interruptions, please allow the child to recover at home.
8. STREP THROAT: If your child has been diagnosed as having strep throat (this requires a special test by a health care provider), your child should stay home for 24 hours after antibiotic therapy has been started by a physician.
9. UNVACCINATED CHILDREN: During an epidemic or a threatened epidemic of any disease preventable by an immunization required by the Department of Public Health, children who have not been immunized may be excluded from the school until (1) they are immunized against the disease, unless they present valid evidence of prior disease, or (2) the epidemic or threat no longer constitutes a significant public health danger.
Please keep emergency phone numbers in the school office current.
Remember: A doctor's note and the completion of the appropriate forms must accompany any medications that are to be given during the school day. (See the medication policy regarding the temporary administration of medications).
Important Flu Information
Complete information about the flu and how to contain and manage it is given at
The Readiness Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center http://rems.ed.gov/ also has useful resources and information for addressing infectious diseases as part of a comprehensive emergency operations plan (EOP), including coping with a widespread outbreak at rems.ed.gov/KeepSchoolsSafeFromDiseases.aspx
We encourage you to convey this information to your district and school leaders and remind teachers, students, and others to:
* Wash hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
* Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth;
* Avoid close contact with those who are already sick;
* Get plenty of sleep;
* Eat healthy food and drink plenty of fluids;
* Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with a tissue or the crook of your arm;
* Stay home if ill for at least 24 hours after fever is gone.