It appears that absences due to illness are on the rise. We don’t always receive reports of symptoms or types of illnesses when families call in an absence, but so far we have had several confirmed cases of strep throat and ear infections. The following WebMD links highlight symptoms for both of these illnesses:
In addition, the flu season generally runs from October through May each year, and we are hearing about cases in our local community: https://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/CommunicableDisease/DiseaseSurveillanceData/Influenza/Documents/data/FluBites.pdf
Please keep in mind that children who are ill must be kept home until they have recovered sufficiently to return to the regular routine of school. When a child is too sick to go outside to recess or participate in physical education, that child is too sick to be at school. A student is clear to return to school when:
- They have been fever free for 24 hours prior to their return. This means having an oral temperature of less than 100 degrees without using medication to lower their temperature.
- They are able to participate comfortably in class activities without a cough or other symptoms becoming a disruption to themselves or others.
- They must be free of gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting for 24 hours.
- If they have a skin rash, they must be seen by their healthcare provider and provide written clearance prior to returning to school.