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At MYES, all employees are working hard to stop the spread of contagious illnesses. We teach the importance of good hand washing and we disinfect all hard surfaces daily. Sometimes it is difficult to decide in the morning whether your child is too sick to attend school. Here are a few guidelines from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta that may help you make that decision.

A child should stay home if he/she has:

  • A fever higher than 100.4 degree
  • Vomited and/or diarrhea more than once
  • A very frequent cough
  • Persistent pain (ear, stomach, headache, etc.)
  • Any rash or blisters that are draining

There may be cases of Hand-Foot-Mouth-Disease. This is a viral infection that causes sores in the mouth and on the hands and feet. It is usually not serious and goes away on its own in about a week to 10 days.

There may be a few cases of Fifth Disease in our school system. This is a virus with mild symptoms such as runny nose, sore throat, "slapped cheek" rash on face and lace-like rash on extremities, and low-grade fever.

DO NOT give aspirin to children unless directed to do so by your doctor. Aspirin has been linked to a rare but serious illness, Reye's syndrome, in children.

Children with strep throat may return to school after being on the prescribed antibiotic for 24 hours.

Children with pink eye should stay home until symptoms subside or they have been on antibiotic eye drops or ointment at least 24 hours.

I hope these guidelines are helpful. If you are still unsure about sending your child, you may call the clinic any morning after 7:15 and I will be here to answer your questions. 706-865-3514 x4826

Also, please encourage your child(ren) to drink plenty of water during the day and make sure they get enough sleep at night. This will fortify their bodies for the months ahead.

Thank you,

Christy Fain

MYES School Nurse