• When Your Child is Sick
     
    sick child When your child returns to school after an absence,  please send a note to school to explain your child’s absence.  A doctor’s note is required for each absence when students have accumulated 10 or more absences. Please use these attachments to print an excuse note that you can fill out to return to school with your child.
     
     
     
     
    The following information, provided by our RCS School Nurses, may be useful to help you decide if your child should stay home from school due to illness.
     
    WHEN SHOULD MY CHILD STAY HOME FROM SCHOOL?
    Bringing your child to school with the symptoms listed below puts other children and school
    staff at risk of becoming ill. This information is offered so that you will have information to help you make a decision about your child attending school.

    Here are some guidelines from your school nurse to help you decide:

    Appearance, Behavior: If your child is unusually tired, pale or doesn’t want
    to eat it may indicate an illness is beginning.
     
    Fever: If your child has had a fever, do not send him/her back to school until their temperature is normal (less than 100° F) for 24 hours without taking medication.
     
    Eyes: If your child has mucus or pus coming from the eyes – this may be an eye infection that needs treatment. Keep your child at home and take him to your healthcare provider.
     
    Nasal Drainage and/or Constant Cough:
    If your child has drainage that is not clear, but yellow or green accompanied by a fever he/she should see a healthcare provider. A cough that is constant is very distracting in a classroom. The teacher will be calling you to pick up your child if the cough is loud and constant.
     
    Sore Throat: If your child has a sore throat with fever and/or swollen glands, he/she should stay home and see a healthcare provider. The flu can be treated if anti-viral medication is started early.
     
    Diarrhea: If your child has 2 or more watery BMs in a 24 – hour period, they should stay home, especially if they also have nausea and look pale. If there is an accompanying
    fever, see a healthcare provider.
     
    Vomiting: If your child has vomited 2 or more times in the past 24 hours, please keep them at home. If there is an accompanying fever, see a healthcare provider.
     
    Rash: If your child exhibits a body rash, especially with fever or itching, he/she should remain at home and be assessed by your healthcare provider. A heat
    rash is not contagious and if there is no itching, your child may attend school.
     
    Ear Infections
    without fever: Unless your child has ear pain, they can come to school but should see a healthcare provider.
     
    Lice/Scabies: 
    Lice- If you are aware that your child is infected, please have them treated before bringing him/her back to school. Someone at school will check your child for live lice when they arrive and progress on the removal of all nits will be monitored.
     
    Scabies – Children with scabies may be re-admitted to school after treatment. Documentation of diagnosis and treatment is important.+
     
    Fever: If your child has had a fever, do not send him/her back to school until their temperature is normal (less than 100° F) for 24 hours without taking medication.