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First, please let us assure you that communicable diseases are very common occurrence among children. There is neither shame nor guilt if your child should contract one of these illnesses. It is all part of having children and growing up. Take this opportunity to stress the importance of hand washing also.

If your child is diagnosed with a communicable disease please inform the clinic to ensure the safety of our student body. All information is kept confidential.

If your child has a fever of 100.5 or higher, please keep him/her at home for at least 24 hours fever free. This is very important to help prevent the transfer of disease.

Head Lice
The school nurse checks a student or a classroom if the need arises. Every effort is made for confidentiality. If head lice or nits are found at school the child will be dismissed from school to a parent or guardian. The child will be readmitted after they are inspected by the school nurse.  They must be brought to the school nurse by the parent/guardian as soon as they arrive on the day they return to school.  The child must be lice and nit free and may have a note from the physician. If head lice were found while at home, please inform the school nurse, and keep your child home for treatment.

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Your child may be sent to school with conjunctivitis the day after treatment. Conjunctivitis has several different causes and if your health provider decides not to prescribe medication, a note should be provided. If conjunctivitis is suspected while at school, you may be asked to pick up your child for further evaluation.

Strep Throat
Students who have a positive test for strep (rapid strep or culture) must be kept home. To return to school, students must have had at least 24 hours of antibiotic medicine and the absence of fever.

Your child will be allowed to attend school as long as the impetigo is covered. Impetigo often breaks out around the nose and mouth and cannot be covered. In those cases keep your child at home until they have received treatment medication for at least 24 hours. In all instances your child should have treatment for the impetigo.

Fifth Disease
Youngsters are usually contagious only during the first stage of the disease. Once the disease is identifiable, the student is no longer contagious and may attend school. Please notify the school nurse if your child has fifth disease, as all pregnant staff members need to be notified.

The most common symptom of pinworms is itching in the rectal area, most intensely at night. Nighttime is the best time to check them also. While your child is sleeping, you can use a flashlight to check the rectal area. The pinworms may be right around the rectal opening. Eggs are tiny, white elongated, oval shaped with embryonic worm inside. The common remedy is taking one chewable pill (Vermox) that the Dr. will give you by prescription.