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Student Illness at School
Welcome back from your Thanksgiving break! Hopefully, you had a wonderful time with family and friends. I wanted to remind everyone, especially now that we are seeing more sickness at school and flu in the area, of the importance of not sending your students to school sick. Though we teach and remind good hand washing to limit exposure, it is best to keep your students home per LISD guidelines for the following conditions:
- Signs or symptoms of a communicable disease that cannot be contained at school
- Localized rash causing acute discomfort or systemic rash of undetermined origin
- An oral temperature of 100.0 degrees or greater. All students must be fever free for 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medication, before returning to school.
- Signs or symptoms of acute illness, serious accident/injury
- Vomiting (not related to a single event such as gagging, positioning, mucus, running after eating, or eating spicy food); all students must be free from vomiting for 24 hours without the aid of medication before returning to school
- Diarrhea of two or more loose watery stools; all students must be free from diarrhea for 24 hours without the aid of any medication before returning to school
- Asthma symptoms that do not respond to prescribed medication or no prescribed medication available for treatment
- Diabetes with a blood sugar greater than 400 and positive ketones or inadequate supplies to treat diabetes at school
- Uncontrolled coughing
- Purulent drainage that cannot be safely managed with bandages
- Pink eye or purulent conjunctivitis (defined as pink or red conjunctiva with white or yellow eye discharge); the student must receive treatment for 24 hours before returning to school or provide a note from a health care provider stating the condition is not contagious and the student may return to school
- Unexplained rashes
- Live head lice - student may return after treatment at home and being rechecked by the school nurse or designee
- Scabies – student may return once treatment has begun
- Ringworm of the scalp or Ringworm that cannot be covered by clothing or bandage; may return once treatment has begun
- Any student who is too ill or uncomfortable to participate in learning activities
We do have several situations in our school of immunocompromised families. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our students and staff and families well, particularly during this flu and cold season. If you have any questions or concerns, as always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. Have a wonderful day!!
Jennifer Snell Gray, B.S.N, R.N.
Tom Hicks Elementary School
Registered School Nurse