Norton Community Schools would like to remind parents and guardians of our illness guidelines. Students may return to school after the following criteria is met:
*Vomiting -generally 24 hours since the last vomiting episode. It is helpful if your student can eat a meal at home to help determine further nausea/vomiting.
*Diarrhea– (consisting of 3 or more watery stools) generally 24 hours since the last episode
*Fever– at least 100 degrees or higher. Students needs to be fever free 24 hours before returning to school without the use of fever reducing medications such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
*Pink eye- a contagious bacterial eye infection. Students can return to school 24 hours after starting an antibiotic eye medication or if you have a note from your healthcare provider stating not infectious. Symptoms of pink eye include reddened, inflamed eyes with purulent drainage.
*Impetigo– a contagious bacterial skin infection. Students can generally return 24 hours after starting an antibiotic medication. Symptoms of impetigo include red sores around mouth or nose that form into a honey brown crust. Affected areas needs to be covered.
*Strep Throat– a bacterial infection. Students will need at least 24 hours of antibiotics and need to be fever free 24 hours without fever reducing medications. Remember to change your tooth brush after having strep throat!
*Ringworm– areas must be covered with a band-aid. Students can return to school after starting an antifungal treatment.
*Hand, foot, & mouth disease– this viral illness will need to run its course. Antibiotics will not cure this illness. Students with a fever and rash should stay home until fever free and rash free with no open blisters as it can be transmitted through fluid in blisters as well.
*Influenza-symptoms include abrupt onset of fever, headache, muscle aches, cough, sore throat, and malaise; some people have vomiting and diarrhea. KDHE recommends anyone with influenza will need to stay home for 5 days following the onset of symptoms or fever free 24 hours (without using fever reducing medications) whichever is longer.
Non illness guidelines:
Headlice–Students may return to school once an approved treatment has been started and no live lice are visualized.
For parents/guardians calling in their sick child, it will be helpful to inform the school the symptoms of the illness to protect the health of everyone. Please inform the school if you have any of the above illnesses or any other contagious illnesses.