It is imperative that if you suspect your child/children are sick, you keep them home from school. Please do not give them Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, etc. and send them to school.
There have been too many incidents where a child/children will say they do not feel well, but there are no signs of temperature or other symptoms. Sometimes fever is the only symptom that will show an illness. If you have given them Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, etc. in the morning, they probably will not spike a fever until the afternoon, meanwhile infecting everyone they come in contact with.
The same holds true for throat cultures. Please keep your child/children home until you receive the results of both the rapid and the 24-hour tests.
Once your child/children are diagnosed with strep throat, they must be home on medication for 24 hours. Your child/children must be without fever and on NO fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
Lastly, if your child/children have vomited last evening, or before school, please keep them home at least 24 hours.
As a reminder, if you have new phone numbers (home/work/cell), please send the new numbers in a written note so the latest information is on file.
If your child/children are going to be absent, please call the school your child attends and press "2" for attendance. Please state your child's name, teacher, today's date, and the reason for the absence. No homework requests are to be left on this line. Call the school and press "1" for the office for homework requests.
I appreciate your cooperation and hope this will help keep your children healthy.