We coordinate with the San Mateo County Department of Public Health in protecting children from certain symptoms of communicable diseases. If your child has any of these symptoms, please keep him/her home, or make appropriate child care arrangements.
- APPEARANCE, BEHAVIOR – unusually tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused or irritable. This is sufficient reason to exclude a child from school.
- EYES – thick mucus or pus draining from the eye and “pink eye” (conjunctivitis).
- FEVER – temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Child must be fever free (without fever reducing medication) for 24 hours before they are able to return to school.
- GREENISH NOSE DISCHARGE, AND/OR CHRONIC COUGH – should be seen by a health care provider. These conditions may be contagious and require treatment.
- SORE THROAT – especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck.
- DIARRHEA – 3 or more watery stools in a 24 hour period especially if the child acts or looks ill.
- VOMITING – vomiting 2 or more times within the past 24 hours.
- RASH – body rash, especially with fever or itching. Diaper rashes, heat rashes and allergic reactions are not contagious.
- EAR INFECTIONS WITHOUT FEVER – do not need to be excluded, but the child needs to get medical treatment and follow up. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.
- LICE, SCABIES – children may not return to school until they have been treated and are free of lice and nits. Children with scabies can be admitted after treatment has been completed.
*IF YOUR CHILD SHOWS ANY OF THE ABOVE SYMPTOMS AT SCHOOL, YOU WILL BE CONTACTED TO PICK UP YOUR CHILD.
- Bringing a child to school with any of the above symptoms puts your child, other children and staff at risk of getting sick.
- If all parents keep their sick children at home, we will have stronger, healthier, and happier children.
- While we regret any inconvenience this may cause, in the long run this means less missed work days and less illness for parents too.
- HAND WASHING is still the number one way to prevent the spread of germs.
San Mateo Foster City School District NURSES