Returning to school after an illness….should my child be at school yet??

Arizona is seeing a huge increase in Influenza and other viruses.

Here are the guidelines to follow before returning to school:

  • Influenza:  People with Influenza may be able to infect others from 1 day prior to onset of illness to 5-7 days afterwards.  No student with an Influenza diagnosis should return to school with symptoms:  headache, chills, excessive coughing, body aches, etc.
  • Fever:  Please keep your child home from school with a fever 100* or greater.  Students may return to school with a temperature less than 100* (without the use of Ibuprofen or Tylenol)–only if the child is fever-free for 24 hours.
  • Vomiting:  Students should not return to school for 24 hours after last episode of vomiting.  Episodes of vomiting without fever can be due to virus and may still be contagious to classmates.

Please indicate specific illness or diagnosis on the attendance line if your child is home sick.  It helps to watch classroom trends.  If your child is sent home from school during the school day with a fever and vomiting, to adhere to 24 hours fever or vomiting-free, teachers should not expect to see that student back in class the next school day. Teach your child to: Cover their cough with the inside of their elbow, wash hands frequently, especially before eating!

Please contact Nurse Mary with questions:  (480) 484-3211 or