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Communicable Illnesses
Communicable Illnesses
GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR COMMUNICABLE ILLNESSES
WHEN TO KEEP CHILDREN AT HOME FROM SCHOOL DUE TO ILLNESS

CHICKEN POX: A skin rash of small blisters which leave scabs. A slight fever may or may not be present. There may be blisters and scabs all present at the same time. Children who have been vaccinated may still get the diseases, but it is typically less severe. Your child should remain home until all blisters have scabbed over, usually 5-7 days after the appearance of the first crop of blisters.

COMMON COLD: Irritated throat, watery discharge from the nose and eyes, sneezing, chills with mild fever, productive cough, and general body discomfort. Your child only need to remain at home if symptoms are serious enough to interfere with your child’s ability to learn or they have a fever. Medical care should be obtained if symptoms last beyond 7-10 days, fever develops, persistent cough that can’t be calmed with home treatment, or discharge becomes yellow to green.

FEVER: Temperature of 100 degrees or higher. Your child should remain home until he/she has been without a  fever for a FULL 24 hours without having taken fever-reducing medication.

FLU: Respiratory illness with abrupt onset of fever, chills, headache, dry non-productive cough, severe body aches and fatigue. You may also experience runny nose and sore throat, but not severe. If your child is diagnosed with influenza he/she needs to remain home until they are symptom-free and without a  fever for a  FULL 24 hours without fever-reducing medication in their system.

HEAD LICE: Lice are small grayish-tan, wingless insects that lay eggs called nits. Nits firmly attach to the hair shafts, close to the scalp. Nits are much easier to see and detect than lice. They are small white specks which are usually found at the back of the neck and behind the ears. Following lice infestation, your child may return to school after receiving appropriate treatment and active lice have been removed from the hair. Parent will need to notify the clinic staff of the treatment that has been given at home. Parents should continue to check their child’s head daily for lice and nits for 2 weeks and removing anything that is found. The TERMINATOR lice comb has been found to be effective in removing nits and lice from the hair. Ulta, in our local mall carries this comb for a reasonable, inexpensive cost. Please talk to your pharmacist or physician for information on products to use to treat head lice. If more information is needed regarding head lice, contact the School Nurse, Mrs. Villinger and she will assist you with resources that are available in our area.

IMPETIGO: Blister-like lesions which later develop into crusted pus-like sores near nose and mouth, but can also be found elsewhere on the body. Your child should remain home from school until they have completed 24 hours of antibiotic therapy and sores are no longer draining. Students may not return to school the same day they have been diagnosed. They must take 24 hours of antibiotic before returning to school. Parent should notify the clinic staff of this diagnosis and the treatment that has been given.

PAIN: If your child complains, or behavior indicates that he/she is experiencing persistent pain, he/she should be
evaluated by a physician before coming to school. We are unable to diagnose health conditions, and we do not have equipment available to determine the cause of their pain. If your child develops severe pain while at school, they will need to be picked up and monitored by a parent until they are seen by their physician. If your child has a condition that pain might be a symptom of a concern, please consult with your physician and obtain guidelines for when he/she should remain at school or be sent home.

PINKEYE: Redness, swelling of the eye with burning or itching, and matter coming from one or both eyes, or crusts on eyelids. Your child should remain home from school until after they have received 24 hours of antibiotic therapy and discharge from the eyes has stopped. Spread of infection can be minimized by keeping the hands away from the face, using good hand washing technique, using individual wash cloths and towels, and NOT touching any part of the eyes with the tip of the medication applicator.
 
SKIN RASHES: Skin rashes of unknown origin should be evaluated by a physician before your child is sent to school. We can’t diagnosis the cause of a rash and we can’t assume the cause of a rash. To prevent the spread of a contagious rash,rashes need to be evaluated by your medical provider before your child comes to school. If a rash is found at school, you will be notified to pick up your child until we have confirmation from a medical provider that it is not a contagious rash. If your child has a chronic condition that involves a rash, please obtain information from your physician to include in your child’s health file. A lot of communicable diseases are contagious 24 hours before symptoms even begin, so it is important that when a rash occurs we get it evaluated before other students are further exposed.

STREP THROAT AND SCARLET FEVER: Strep throat usually (but not always) begins with a fever, sore and red throat, pus spots on the back of the throat, and tender or swollen glands of the neck. Keep in mind that strep throat is not always classic and cases have been seen that did not have the typical symptoms at all. Scarlet fever usually has same syptoms as strep throat accompanied by a strawberry appearance to the tongue and rash of the skin. High fever, nausea and vomiting may also occur. Your child should remain home from school until they have received a FULL 24 hours of antibiotic therapy and until without fever or vomiting for 24 hours without medication. Make sure antibiotic medications are taken and completed as prescribed to completely eliminate the infection from the body. Contact your physician if your child has any trouble while taking the medication.

VOMITING AND DIARRHEA: Stomach ache, cramping, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea, possible fever, headache, and body aches. Your child should remain home until without vomiting, diarrhea, fever for a FULL 24 hours. IF YOUR CHILD HAS ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS DURING THE NIGHT, HE/SHE SHOULD NOT BE SENT TO SCHOOL THE FOLLOWING DAY.

*You will notice the time frame of 24 hours given several times throughout the guidelines. It is necessary that you follow the FULL 24 hour guidelines as given by the Ohio Dept. of Health to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. These guidelines are for the protection of our students and staff, as well as for your child when they are ill. Please remember that when your child is ill, their immunity is also down making them more susceptible to other illnesses that may be occurring in our school. This could cause them to be absent for a longer amount of time and bring other illnesses into your home.

We know it is difficult to miss work when your children are ill, so please plan ahead and have a plan in place for those days when your child needs to remain at home from school. Consult with your physician for the most accurate diagnosis and treatment. Please notify your child’s clinic of any communicable disease, so we can monitor illnesses at school.

You will still need to use the school’s attendance line at 740-238-7100 if you are reporting your child absent.

Garfield Clinic 740-238-7125
Stevenson Clinic 740-238-7135
Middle School Clinic 740-238-7145
High School Clinic 740-238-7155
School Nurse, Mrs. Villinger 740-238-7115
Heath City School District
107 Lancaster Drive, Heath, OH 43056
Phone: 740-238-7110 | Fax: 740-238-7053
Heath High School
300 Licking View Drive, Heath, OH  43056
Phone:  740-238-7150 | Fax:  740-238-7079
Heath Middle School
310 Licking View Dr, Heath, OH 43056
Phone: 740-238-7140 | Fax: 740-238-7072
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Stevenson Elementary
152 Cynthia Street, Heath, OH 43056
Phone:  740-238-7130 | Fax: 740-238-7066
Garfield Elementary School
680 South 30th Street, Heath, OH  43056
Phone:  740-238-7120 | Fax: 740-238-7060
107 Lancaster Drive, Heath, OH 43056
P: 740.522.2702

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