STAR School Nurse
Effective Hand Hygiene
When should kids stay home from school?
If your young person has a fever over 100F anywhere in the last 24 hours, has had diarrhea, vomiting or an unexplained skin rash, they should stay home from school until these symptoms are gone for at least 24 hours. (Without a fever reducer, like acetaminophen or ibuprofen)
Unexplained rashes can have multiple causes and can range from benign to very serious. Benign rashes can be just a mild reaction to a new laundry or bath soap, but serious rashes can be viral or bacterial. Eczema can also become more pronounced in dry skin season. Eczema can have allergic and immune mediated components. Untreated rashes can become uncomfortable, itchy or painful and end up with bacterial secondary infections that can cause permanent scarring. For these reasons, all unexplained rashes should be cleared by your Primary Care Provider before returning to school. If your child does have a rash that has already been identified, just send in a quick note so we don’t worry. (i.e.: Ugh! I just changed laundry soap, it did not go well!)
I hope you find these tips helpful!! Any comments or suggestions for new topics, let me know.