Please take a moment to review these general precautions with your child:
Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Stay home when you are sick. Do not return to work or school until you are free of fever, vomiting, and diarrhea for 24 hours without the aid of medications.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cough and sneeze into your sleeve.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces especially when someone is ill to minimize cross-contamination.
When to keep your child at home/When a student will be sent home from school:
1. Fever of 100 degrees or higher
2. Red eyes with thick whitish drainage
3. Undiagnosed rash
6. Severe cold symptoms (cough and congestion)
Parents should not allow their child to return to school until the child has been free of fever, vomiting, or diarrhea for a full 24 hours without medication.
Symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, headache, sore throat, fatigue, and muscle aches. Consult your doctor if anyone in your family has flu symptoms.
What are head lice?
Head lice are parasites found on the scalp, around the ears, and at the back of the neck. The adult louse is about the size of a sesame seed. Eggs (nits) are smaller and silver in color. Head lice are not a sign of poor hygiene, and they do not transmit disease. Head lice are spread by direct head-to-head contact or by sharing personal items such as combs, brushes, scarves, or hats. Head lice do not jump or fly; they crawl. They do not spread between humans, dogs, cats, or other animals. The most common symptoms of head lice are itching and head scratching. Red bite marks or sores may also be on the scalp. Make a routine of checking your child’s head on a weekly basis. The typical louse will live on a person's scalp for up to 30 days and require nourishment (human blood) at least every 48 hours. They survive only a day or two off the human head.
What do I do if my child has head lice?
If you suspect your child has head lice, contact your health care provider. Safe and effective products to treat head lice are available both over the counter and by doctor’s prescription. It is important to follow the directions carefully. Use a fine-tooth comb or special nit comb to remove all eggs from the hair. There are also professional lice removal services that are available in the metro area. Household cleaning can help to prevent re-infestation. Parents should wash in hot water or dry-clean all recently worn clothing, hats, used bedding, and towels. Personal care items such as combs, brushes, and hair clips should be washed in hot water. Toys, such as stuffed animals, can be put into a tightly closed plastic bag for at least 48-72 hours or placed in a hot dryer for 30 minutes to kill the lice. You may also want to vacuum cloth areas in which your child's head may come in contact with (i.e. car seats, sofas). Students may return to school after treatment as long as no live lice are present. When a child returns to school after being treated, please bring the child to see me before school for a scalp check to make sure they are free of live lice. You should check your child’s scalp weekly to see if there are any new head lice.