Health Policies

Influenza (also known as “flu”) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. You may return to school once you are fever, diarrhea, and vomiting free for a minimum of 24 hours without the aid of medication, no longer have a severe cough, and are able to participate in normal activities.

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The common cold and the flu both have similar symptoms which affect the respiratory system. Remember that a child should stay home with a temperature that is over 100 F without medication, or if he/she has nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

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Scarlet fever is a bacterial illness that sometimes develops in people with strep throat. It is most common in children 5-15 years of age. It is treated with antibiotics, if left untreated it can cause serious conditions affecting the heart and kidneys.

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Conjunctivitis is a common infection affecting one or both eyes that causes the white of the eye to appear pink or red. It can be caused by allergens, foreign objects, bacterial or viral infections. Students must see a health care provider if viral or bacterial conjunctivitis is suspected.

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Chickenpox (varicella) is an itchy rash caused by varicella zoster virus (VZV). Chickenpox is most contagious during the first 2 to 5 days that someone is sick. That period usually begins about 1 to 2 days before the rash appears. The contagious period is not over until all of the blisters have scabbed over. If you suspect your child has chickenpox, please keep him/her at home

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Shingles is a viral infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. Once you have had chickenpox the virus lies inactive in nerve tissue, years later it may reactivate as shingles. Shingles cannot be passed from one person to another. However, the virus that causes shingles can be spread to a person who has never had chickenpox, that person will develop chickenpox not shingles.

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