Message From MISD Health Services:
We would like to remind all parents of the importance of keeping sick children home. Recently we have had many students out with Strep Throat, a stomach virus, and a few with the FLU. When a student comes to school ill, he/she can spread illness by coughing, touching his/her nose/mouth and then touching objects that other students come in contact with.
Remember that fever is not the only sign of true illness and that fever is usually a late sign of an illness, or an illness that is progressing.
If your child is out sick remember to always send in a note from the medical provider or a parent note.
MISD Health policies are in place to help insure a healthy school where students can learn and grow. Please take a moment to review the exclusions that are listed below.
Guidelines for Returning to School after an Illness
In order to minimize the number of children that are ill, we ask you to please consider the following guidelines when making your decision to let your child attend school or return to school after an illness.
A student with any of the following symptoms must be excluded from school until such time as the student is free from symptoms.
· Temperature of 100.0 degrees or more. Student must be fever free for 24 hours, without medication, before re-entry (Texas Administrative Code)
· Vomiting (not related to a single event such as gagging, positioning, mucus, running after eating, or eating spicy food) Student must be symptom free for
24 hours, without medication before reentry.
· Diarrhea, of two or more loose or watery stools; all student
must be diarrhea free for 24 hours without the use of medications before
re- entry (Texas Administrative Code).
· Pain and/or swelling at angle of jaw
· Undetermined rash over any part of the body accompanied by fever
· Under diagnosed scaly patches on the body or scalp
· Red, draining eyes
· Intense itching with signs and symptoms of secondary infection
· Open, draining lesions or wounds
· See McKinney ISD Lice guidelinesA vaccine preventable illness in question will require a physician's note for re- entry (pertussis, mumps, measles, etc.).
For any infection, antibiotics must be taken for a minimum of 24 hours prior to re-entry to school.
These guidelines have been designed to give your child adequate time to recover, as well as keep the majority of the students, faculty and staff as healthy as possible.
Hand washing is one of the easiest and best ways to prevent the spread of disease. Direct contamination of your mucus membranes (eyes, nose and/or mouth) is how many infectious diseases enter your body. So let's work together to decrease the risk of contracting and spreading illnesses by following these three simple rules:
· Wash your hands when they are dirty and before you eat.
· Do not cough or sneeze into your hands (use your sleeve, elbow or shoulder
· Never put fingers in your eyes, nose or mouth.
Remember...you are responsible for keeping yourself healthy!! Be as nice to yourself as you are to others.
Message from MISD Health Services