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Illnesses

If your child becomes ill at school, you will be notified. You are responsible for picking up your ill child. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO NOTIFY US OF ANY CHANGE IN YOUR WORK OR HOME PHONE NUMBERS. We must have at least two valid telephone numbers so that we may reach a family member if necessary. Please review the following information in order to assist us in keeping all students as healthy as possible:

Colds: Your child should not be sent to school with signs of cloudy mucus from the nose or heavy coughing and/or sneezing.

Fever: If your child misses school with an illness or becomes sick at home, he/she must be free from fever for at least twenty-four hours before returning to school.

Intestinal Disorders: If your child misses school or is sent home with diarrhea and/or vomiting, he/she should not return to school until such symptoms have been clear for at least twenty-four hours.

Red Eyes: If your child develops red eyes with thick drainage, he/she should see a doctor before returning to school to rule out or treat the condition which may be conjunctivitis (pink eye).

Undiagnosed Rash: If your child develops a fine rash on his/her trunk, it may indicate a strep infection and your child should not return to school until the rash has been diagnosed and/or treated.

Meningococcal Disease and Vaccine: Meningococcal Disease is a serious illness caused by bacteria. It is the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in children 2-18 years old in the United States. The disease is most common in children and people with certain medical conditions that affect their immune system. The disease is spread through exchange of respiratory droplets or saliva with an infected person including kissing, coughing, sneezing, and sharing drinking glasses and eating utensils. In a few people, the bacteria overcome the body’s immune system and pass through the lining of the nose and throat into the blood stream where they cause meningitis. Meningitis is a term that describes inflammation of the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal chord. Symptoms of the disease are: fever, headache, stiff neck, red rash, drowsiness, nausea and vomiting.

MCV4 or the meningococcal vaccine is recommended for all children 11-12 years of age and for unvaccinated adolescents. Please consult your physician or local health department for more information. (Required in Handbook by State of Alabama, Department of Education.)

*Children's Center does not have the facilities to bathe students. When diarrhea occurs it is sometimes necessary to call the parent/guardian/facility to come and pick up the student in order to properly bathe them. Diarrhea is sometimes caused by illness, a change in diet or formula or from taking laxatives. Regardless of the cause, it is still vital to get the student cleaned up as soon as possible. If the child is not ill and has no fever, after the child is cleaned up they can return to school. Only a nurse can make the decision if a student may return to school or remain at home for the specified period of time.

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