Keeping Your Sick Student at Home
We would like to give some guidelines to help with your decision on whether or not to send your child to school.
Please be advised that if your child has any of the symptoms below, they should NOT attend school:
- Fever – 100* or more
- Rash – unknown origin
- Sore throat
- Persistent cough
- Nausea or vomiting
A child who has recently been ill should meet the Lake County Health Department’s guidelines below before returning to school, attending athletic events, or any other after-school activities:
- Feeling better for 24 hours, symptoms resolving/resolved.
- Maintain a temperature below 100* for 24 hours without medication.
- Free of vomiting and diarrhea for 24 hours after the last episode.
- Be on antibiotic medication for at least 24 hours from diagnosis of strep throat.
- Be on prescription antibiotic eye drops for 24 hours from diagnosis of conjunctivitis (pinkeye).
Please notify the school if your child has been diagnosed with a contagious illness such as Covid-19, strep throat, chickenpox, scarlet fever, conjunctivitis (pinkeye), influenza A or B, lice, pertussis (whooping cough), impetigo, or 5th disease (Hand, Foot & Mouth disease).
We have students with low immunity and contagious disease can further compromise their health. To keep children healthy, make sure they have plenty of rest and a nutritious diet. Make sure they are dressed properly for indoor activities and outdoor weather.
The most important things you can do to keep your child free of illness is to teach them how to:
- WASH HANDS. The proper way is to use soap and rub your hands together for at least 15 seconds, then rinse in running water and dry them thoroughly. And in addition, use hand sanitizer.
- COUGH & SNEEZE IN ELBOW. This technique prevents the spray of germs on your classmates and teacher.
Please help us keep our students healthy by keeping a sick child at home. Remember, one sick child can spread illness to their classmates rapidly.
Thank you for your continued cooperation.
Millburn Elementary and Middle School Health Offices