March 7, 2017
We are in the middle of cold and flu season to be sure here at Horizons K-8. A few important reminders for you all as we work together to keep us all healthy and safe.
There are several categories of illness where it is best to exclude your child from school for the benefit of all. The health exclusions help to prevent the spread of germs and help to keep everyone healthy. We do have children in our school who have compromised immune systems and children who risk further disease progression if they get sick. We can all help keep everyone healthy by following the health policies. The health exclusions listed below are for your reference:
For your protection and the protection of schoolmates, the following are some common health conditions for which a student is encouraged to stay home from school:
- Fever: Temperature greater than 101 degrees Fahrenheit (oral).Temperature should be back to normal for 24 hours without fever lowering medication
- General illness: with or without fever, along with changes in behavior and/or the student looks and acts sick
- Diarrhea: Until resolved and includes times when stools are so loose they can’t be contained
- Signs of possible severe illness: extreme irritability, severe or uncontrolled coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, lethargy
- Vomiting: When this occurs and is accompanied by symptoms of illness, is the result of a head injury, or if the vomit appears green or bloody
- Lice: Children should be excluded until after approved treatment has begun for live lice
- Rash: When there is rash with a fever or behavior change or until the origin of the rash has been deemed by the health care provider to be non-contagious in nature
- Infectious conjunctivitis: (pink eye) with discharge, please see your healthcare provider.
- Impetigo: Until 24 hours after treatment is started
- Strep throat: scarlet fever, or other strep infection-until 24 hours after treatment started and the child no longer has a fever
- Chicken pox: Until all sores have crusted over
- Oral herpes: if lesions cannot be covered, until lesions heal
- Flu symptoms: Elevated temperature (>100 F) or fever (>101F) and sore throat, cough, runny nose, body aches, vomiting or diarrhea. Stay home from school until fever or symptoms of fever are gone for 24 hours without fever lowering medication
Communicable diseases should be discussed with our Health room aide to determine if any accommodations are necessary for the student to attend school.
Please call if your child will not be attending school. Please notify the school as soon as possible if your child is exposed to or contracts a contagious disease.
If your child is ill and will not be in school please call 720-561-3600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for helping us to keep everyone safe and healthy!
We are looking forward to a healthy Spring!