WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL
The American Academy of Pediatrics, the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Prairie Lea ISD recommends that a student be kept home from school if any of the following conditions exist:
- Signs of severe illness, including fever, irritability, difficulty breathing, crying that doesn't stop with the usual comforting, or extreme sleepiness.
- Diarrhea or stools that contain blood or mucus.
- Vomiting and diarrhea two or more times in 24 hours unless a physician feels the cause of vomiting is not infectious disease, and writes a note to that affect and the student is no longer in danger of becoming dehydrated and must be able to self care for diarrhea.
- Mouth sores and/or drooling until a physician or the health department does not feel the condition is infectious.
- Fever or rash or a change in behavior until a physician has determined that the problem is not caused by an infectious disease.
VACCINE PREVENTABLE DISEASES
Many diseases are preventable by vaccine. Schools are required to have an immunization file on record for each child enrolled to ensure that each child has received their age-appropriate immunizations. See Immunization Requirements. For immunization information, contact your physician, your school's office or local health department.EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT
Each year parents are asked to complete an emergency care form that includes a place for parental consent for school officials to obtain medical treatment for the student, as permitted by law. Other information that may be required in case of an emergency should be provided and update by the parents as necessary. Should it become necessary to call EMS, the expense will be incurred by the parent, guardian or managing conservator.
Should a students' or adults' condition warrant, the Emergency Medical System will be initiated. Every effort will be made to contact the parent or legal guardian in a timely manner to determine their preferences for treatment.
"Nuisance Diseases" such as scabies, ringworm of the body or scalp and pinworms are highly contagious and can cause problems in the school setting. Inspection for head lice will be conducted as warranted in elementary classrooms. The district will not conduct district or grade level checks. Children and adults with these conditions should be excluded until proof of treatment is established.
WHEN A COMMUNICABLE DISEASE IS DIAGNOSED OR SUSPECTED
If a student becomes ill at school, there are facilities and personnel to accommodate the student until the parent can be reached to take the student home. School district personnel will adhere to the exclusion and readmission recommendations provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
- Students or adults with fever will not be admitted until the fever subsides ( See FEVER)
- Students or adults with diarrhea will not be readmitted until diarrhea subsides (See DIARRHEAL DISEASES)
- Students or adults with conjunctivitis (pink eye), bacterial meningitis, or tuberculosis will not be readmitted without a note from a health care worker.
Parents will be informed if their child has been exposed to a communicable disease that requires exclusion. The notification will include the signs and symptoms of the disease, so that immediate medical advice and treatment can be sought.
If it is necessary for a student to leave school because of an illness or injury, the student must be signed out and escorted by the parent/guardian, or a designee, if the parent or guardian is unavailable.
Students with a temperature of 100 or above (orally) will be sent home. To prevent the spread of a communicable disease, ill students must be symptom free and fever free WITHOUT the use of temperature reducing medications for 24 hours before returning to school.
Many different viral and bacterial agents may cause diarrhea. The child MUST be excluded from attendance until the diarrheal illness has resolved or until the child's physician or the health department has cleared, in writing, the child to return to school. The student needs to be able to self care of their diarrhea as well.