When should you keep your child home from school
When to stay home from school for sick children
We feel very strongly at Sanger ISD that good attendance is extremely important to your child's success at school. In order to learn, they must be in attendance. There are also important health reasons for keeping your child home from school when they tell you, " I'm sick ,I don't want to go to school today." These guidelines were developed from Texas laws requiring exclusion for contagious diseases that could be spread at school. These guidelines are needed for the safety and comfort of our students and staff.
Children who have the following symptoms should stay home and not come to school until they have been fever free for 24hours, without medication, or until their doctor states, in writing, that they are no longer contagious and may return to school.
FEVER-Check your child's temperature with a thermometer, and if fever is present, over 100 degrees, don't send them to school, even for just a little while in the morning. It does not help to medicate your child for fever and them send them on to school. The medication only reduces the fever for a short time, and does not take care of the illness that is causing the fever. Coming to school sick (and possibly contagious) not only exposes other children to the illness, but also delays your child's healing time. Once the medication has worn off the fever returns, and then we must try to locate a parent and send the child home. Children must be fever free for 24 hours, without the use of medication, before returning to school.
VOMITING AND DIARRHEA- until we know that these two things are not the sign of contagious illness, such as a stomach virus, your child should be kept home. The combination of these two things even to an adult can be very stressful, not to mention embarrassing if it should happen in the classroom. If the vomiting or diarrhea happen before school and the child only had one episode, he or she should remain home to see if it happens again even if the child states they are feeling better. If your child is spending all of their time feeling sick or in the nurse's office, there is not much learning going on for that day.
SKIN RASHES - If a rash has any oozing or pus coming from it, the child should stay at home, and a note from the doctor stating it is safe for the child to return to school, or until the rash is gone, dried up ,or has formed a scab and no new rash has appeared. Sometimes rashes are not contagious, but are extremely uncomfortable and itchy to the point of distraction for the student and those around him. Contact with something the student is allergic to may be the culprit, and comfort measures should be considered so that the child may remain in school. Discussing possible treatment with your doctor or school nurse may prove to be helpful.
RED EYES - If there is drainage or crusting around the eye, making the eye hard to open in the morning, this could very well mean that your child has "pink eye" or conjunctivitis. Not all pink eye is contagious. Sometimes it may stem from allergies or other irritations that are causing the red color, but until we know for sure your child should remain out of school. We must have a note from the doctor stating the condition is not contagious, or until the redness and drainage are completely gone. After the child has seen a doctor, and treatment has begun, the child would be able to return to school.
Pediculosis ( HEAD LICE) OR SCABIES - these are very small insects that cause skin conditions that are very uncomfortable and itchy, and if left untreated could cause infection. This is something else we would restrict the child's attendance for until they have been treated. Please check with the school nurse for further guidance in this matter.
If your child has other symptoms such as headaches, cramps, coughing, sore throat, or discomfort from a recent dental procedure, or medical test, or anything that would make them uncomfortable during school hours , please check with your doctor for use of over-the-counter drugs during school time. REMEMBER YOU MUST FOLLOW THE SCHOOL GUIDELINES AS FOR AS MEDICATION ADMINISTERED AT SCHOOL. IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF WHAT THE REQUIREMENTS ARE PLEASE CALL YOUR SCHOOL NURSE.
Children who are truly sick will heal much faster at home, with lots of fluid for hydration, if indicated, and proper rest and nutrition. We want your child to succeed, and we are happy to assist you in any way we can. If you have any questions feel free to call your school nurse at 940-458-3699, ext250.