In an effort to control the spread of infectious diseases at school and allow students to be available for learning, Park City School District nurses want parents and guardians to follow district guidelines when deciding whether or not to send students to school.
“Every effort is being made in the school setting to properly clean and sanitize our students’ work and play areas, but the best defense is prevention,” said District Nurse Suzanne Tanner.
Students should remain home from school for the following reasons:
–Any temperature greater than 100 degrees. Children should be fever free, without fever reducing medications for 24 hours prior to returning to school.
–Vomiting and/or diarrhea require that the student remain home until 24 hours after the symptoms have subsided without medication.
–If your child has a heavy, moist productive cough, chest congestion, or discolored nasal drainage.
–Any rash of unknown origin should be evaluated and cleared by a physician prior to the student returning.
–Strep infections require early treatment and students are encouraged to remain at home for the first 24 hours. In addition, students should be fever free and feeling well before returning to school.
–If your child has pinkeye (conjunctivitis), he/she needs to have completed 24 hours of medication.
“As a general rule, students should remain home until they have been symptom free for 24 hours. This is important for your child’s health and the health of his/her classmates,” Tanner said. “Please continue to remind your children of the importance of frequent hand washing, proper nutrition, adequate rest and proper use and disposal of tissues during this school year.”
Tanner also asks that parents/guardians notify the school of the student absences and also given a reason for the absence. “This helps us monitor disease outbreaks and disease prevention,” she said.
Please refer to the District’s Guidelines for Student Illness and Exclusion for further information.