At Briarlake, we strive to ensure that our students are healthy and successful in school. Although it's important for all students to attend school on a regular basis, sick children do not perform well and they can spread illness to others. To promote a healthy school environment, here are some guidelines for keeping your child home from school:
- Fever greater than 100 degrees
- Flu-like symptoms: fever, headache, extreme fatigue, muscle aches
- Vomiting or Diarrhea
- Strep throat, bronchitis, or other infections that requires treatment with antibiotics
- Red eye(s) with drainage (called Conjunctivitis or Pink Eye)
- Productive cough, barking cough, or drainage from the nose that is not clear
- Untreated Head Lice-Control of head lice depends on prompt diagnosis and effective treatment. Periodically check your child's hair and notify the school if you suspect nits or lice.
Children should meet the following criteria before returning to school:
- No fever for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medicine)
- No vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours
- A full 24 hours of antibiotics treatment for infections that require antibiotics and 3 doses of antibiotic eye drops for cases of conjunctivitis (pink eye)
- For lice, treatment at home with lice-killing shampoo
- Send an email to the office explaining the reason for every absence. Obtain a doctor's excuse when your child misses 3 consecutive days.
Consider the following recommendations regarding your child in school:
- Return the School Health Clinic Information Card promptly at the beginning of every school year and notify the school about changes in telephone numbers and other contact information.
- Call or email the school about health concerns, injuries, new diagnosis and daily medications for your child.
- Children participate in outdoor recess and gym classes so they should dress appropriately for current weather conditions.