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Health Guidelines

Crete Public Schools
Health Guidelines


We all need to do our best to stay healthy and keep our children healthy. When children come to school sick they aren’t able to participate in the learning process and they expose others to their illnesses. The following guidelines are suggested to maintain a healthy and safe environment for all students and staff:


• No child should be sent to school with a fever over 100 degrees. Giving Tylenol or Motrin in the morning before school does not prevent the child from spreading his illness throughout his classroom and infecting other students. If they have been sick they should not return to school until they have been free of fever for 24 hours without the use of Tylenol or Motrin.


• Influenza like symptoms include fever above 101 degrees, sore throat and/or cough, headaches, body aches. Symptoms may also include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If you think your child may have Influenza keep him home from school and call your doctor.


• If your child complains of a sore throat and has no other symptoms, he may be well enough to go to school. If the sore throat is accompanied by a fever or you see white spots on his throat, keep him home and call your doctor.


• If your child is sent home from school with a fever or vomiting they must be kept home the next day and may return when symptom free for 24 hours.


• A child with diarrhea should be kept home.


• If vomiting occurs, keep at home until 24 hours after they vomited last and they can eat and keep food down.


• If your child has strep throat, pink eye, or impetigo, they child needs to be on the medication prescribed by your physician for 24 hours before returning to school and a doctors note should be sent with your child to school.


• When a child has chicken pox, they may return after all the pox are dry and crusted over, usually not sooner than 6 days after it begins.


• If your child has head lice, they may not return until they are treated appropriately and all nits (eggs) have been removed. They must then be taken to the health office to be cleared before returning to school. If either white or dark colored nits are visible in the hair they will be sent home. Please check your child’s head at least weekly for signs of lice. Pay close attention behind the ears and at the back of the neck. Live lice eggs are dark brown or pepper colored, oval shaped, attached firmly to the hair shaft and are close to the scalp. After the hair is treated, the dead eggs are white or tan in color.


Shannon Kennedy, RN
Elementary School Nurse 826-7806