illness guidelines

From WCS inFocus

Several schools have reported a higher than normal rate of student absences in recent days. Parents are encouraged to review the Williamson County Schools Illness Guidelines when deciding whether a student should go to school or stay at home.

“Illness is on the rise right now,” said WCS Health Services Director Tina Hamblen. “We are seeing influenza, respiratory viruses and strep throat. Our most common issue is students returning to school too soon while they are still infectious.”

Here are some of Hamblen’s top tips for parents when making the decision to keep a student at home:

  • A student should be fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication before returning to school. If your child has a temperature of 100.0 or above, do not send him/her to school. Please do not give your child Tylenol or Advil and send him/her to school if you suspect he/she is coming down with something.
  • When antibiotics are prescribed, students must wait 24 hours before returning to school, regardless of whether he/she has a doctor’s note.
  • A student should not experience any signs of diarrhea/vomiting within 24 hours of school start time. If a student vomits in the evening, please don’t send him/her to school the next morning. He/she should be symptom-free and able to tolerate regular food.
  • If your child is coughing uncontrollably, he/she should stay home or seek advice from a health care provider. An uncontrollable cough is disruptive to the classroom, and it is difficult to manage the spread of germs.

For more information about the flu, visit the Influenza page on the CDC website.

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