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When To Keep Your Child Home

Should your child become sick we ask that you keep them home, as we do not want to spread germs to other students. If you are unsure whether you should keep your child home you can call the school nurse ( Nurse Ronda @ 850-622-5050 ext. 2119). Listed below are some guidelines you may wish to follow when deciding to keep your child home.

Fever - A temperature of 100 degrees or more. Due to new regulations, parents must keep children home during the course of a fever and for an additional 24 hours after the fever has passed.

Ear Infection - this is an inflammation of the middle ear. Symptoms could include pain, fever, dizziness, or headache. Hearing loss can occur if untreated, you should contact your family physician if symptoms are present.

Conjunctivitis or Pink Eye - This is highly contagious and uncomfortable. Symptoms might include eyes burning, itching, pink discoloration to the eye, and a whitish discharge. Contact your physician when symptoms are present. Your child will need to be symptom free or a doctor's certificate is required before returning to school.

Strep Throat - This is a highly contagious condition that is caused by a bacterial infection (streptococcal). Symptoms usually present are sore throat and fever. Strep can only be diagnosed by a culture so you will need to contact your physician if symptoms are present. If your child is diagnosed with strep they will need to be on antibiotics for 24 hour and may return to school with a doctor's certificate.

Cold Symptoms - Some children suffer from the common cold all winter long and a simple cold should not be a reason to miss school. However, should a fever develop, a bad cough, difficulty breathing, or your child becomes dehydrated you should contact your physician as those symptoms could indicate a more serious condition (i.e. Bronchitis, flu, or even pneumonia). If your child has one of these other conditions they should be kept home until the doctor says it is ok to return.

Diarrhea and Vomiting - This is uncomfortable, and being near a bathroom becomes a top priority. If these symptoms persist you should contact your physician.

**Remember students are not allowed to carry medication to or from school as this is a violation of Walton County School's Drug and Alcohol policy.