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When to Keep Your Child Home
With your help, school can be a healthy place for all. In order to prevent the spread of illness to others, your child should stay home for 24 hours from the onset of:
● Diarrhea (three or more watery bowel movements in a 24-hour period)
● Fever (temperature 100.4° or above)
If your child is ill before school, keep them home until your child is symptom free for at least 24 hours.
These guidelines are suggested for the good of all students. A child who returns to school before being completely well runs the risk of infecting others. Exposure to common illnesses could be life threatening to immunocompromised students.
According to the Ohio Department of Health, a healthcare provider must evaluate a suspected communicable disease. Examples include:
● Bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye)
● Staphylococcus infections (impetigo, MRSA)
● Streptococcal infections (strep throat)
● Tinea (ringworm)
This list is not not exhaustive. See Ohio Department of Health Communicable Disease Chart 2022 for additional information.
If prescribed, your child must complete at least 24 hours of appropriate prescription therapy prior to returning to school. A healthcare provider's note must be provided for re-entry to school.
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