Too ill for school?
Children Sick at School: When we consider when to send a child home, we utilize the guidelines published by the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) of El Dorado County. Our staff follows the “Four B’s”:
- Burning (fever over 100 degrees)
- Barfing (can be vomiting or diarrhea)
- Broken (severe injury where a significant sprain, strain or possible fracture could be possible)
- Bleeding (that cannot be easily addressed with first aid, may require suture or uncontrolled bleeding of any type)
When in doubt, contact your pediatrician* or advice nurse for advice, particularly if your child claims to be sick during school hours, but not at night or over the weekend. The following guidelines for specific symptoms follow:
Fever: Fever is a common symptom of viral infections If your child's temperature is over 100, keep them at home.
Diarrhea or Vomiting: Keep at home until illness appears to be over (24 hours after last episode without medicine).
Mild Cough, Runny Noseor Congestion: If there's no fever and the child feels fairly good, school is fine.
Bad Cough: Children with bad coughs may need evaluation for bronchitis or other concern. When the cough improves and the child is feeling better, then it's back to school. A cough can take a week or longer to resolve!
Sore Throat: A severe sore throat could be strep even without fever. Symptoms are headache, stomach pain and patches in the throat. If present, contact a doctor. If it is strep throat, they can return to school 24 hours after antibiotics start.
Earache: The recommendation is to consult or visit the pediatrician or other health provider to rule out infection.
Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis): There are three types, pink eye can be highly contagious and caused by allergies, a virus, or a bacteria. Bacterial conjunctivitis will require an antibiotic; your doctor should be able to advise which this may be and whether or not they are okay to be at school.
Rash: Children with a skin rash should see a doctor, as this could be one of several infectious diseases.
*MEDICATIONS: Don’t forget that All medications at school whether prescription or Over-The-Counter (OTC) require a physician’s order and a medication permission form can be obtained at our district webpage or at the school.
We thank you for your understanding and helping us keep our school and community healthy and safe!
Buckeye Union School District Nurses – Jennifer Edwards, RN, BSN, PHN & Tristan Kleinknight, RN MSN, PH