Washing Hands and Sick Day Information

Washing hands and sick day information from Debbie Quinn - IV's School Nurse

Handwashing is an easy, inexpensive, and effective way to prevent the spread of germs and keep people healthy. Parents can help keep their families healthy by: • Teaching them good handwashing technique • Reminding their kids to wash their hands • Washing their own hands with their kids.  Handwashing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading illness to others. • Reducing illness increases productivity due to: » Less time spent at the doctor’s office » More time spent at work or school

For more details, visit www.cdc.gov/handwashing.  Please also see the Handwashing for parents information from IV School Nurse.

Sick Day Guidelines
Now that cold and flu season is upon us, please refer to the following guidelines when you are considering keeping your child home from school. These guidelines have been endorsed by our School Medical Director, Dr. Hart, and the National Association of School Nurses.

A child should remain home from school if there has been:
Fever of 100.0 degrees or higher 
Diarrhea if there have been more than 4 stools in one day 
Excessive coughing, sneezing and nasal discharge 
Headache, body aches, earache 

Your child can return to school when:
The fever is under 100 degrees for 24 hours without medication
The stomach is settled and able to tolerate solid food for 24 hours 
The child is able to handle the nasal discharge 
Coughing & sneezing are at a minimum 
Normal energy & appetite have returned 

Please remember that resting at home until the fever is gone for 24 hours without medication and drinking plenty of fluids aid healing. Colds can be contagious for at least 48 hours. Returning to school too soon may slow the recovery process, expose others unnecessarily to illness and reinfect your already compromised child.

And as always, hand washing is the single most important factor in the spread of disease. Therefore, wash your hands frequently: before eating or handling food, after coughing or sneezing, and after toileting.

Debbie Quinn - IV School Nurse