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Sheryl Hernon, R.N., C.S.N.
(973) 379-4843 x112

Guidelines For Sending Your Child To School

While in the grips of winter and cold/flu season I thought it might be helpful to share some guidelines to help you decide if your child is well enough to come to school.

  • Fever-Your child should be fever-free (100’ F is considered a fever) for 24 hours before returning to school.  A normal temperature is one not masked by the effects of acetaminophen or ibuprofen.  Very often children feel better in the morning and then by afternoon their temperature has returned.

  • Vomiting/diarrhea-Your child should not have vomited or had diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school.  They should have eaten 2 meals and have kept them down.

  • Strep Throat-If your child has strep throat they must be on the antibiotics for 24 hours.

  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)- your child must be on antibiotic eye drops for 24 hours before returning to school.

  • Cough/Cold-Keep your child home if they have a cough that is persistent and productive coupled with thick or constant nasal drainage.

  • Head Lice- Your child must have been treated and nits removed before returning to school.  Upon return to school they must report to the health office to be checked and cleared.

  • Impetigo- is a very contagious blistery skin infection, usually on the face. Your child must see their MD and be on antibiotics for a full 24 hours. The lesions must  be covered on their return to school

I hope this information helps you in helping me to keep Deerfield School healthy this year.