• Key Health Information

    Dismissal/Exclusion Guidelines

    In an effort to minimize the spread of contagious illness, the Haverhill School Health Services has developed the following guidelines for determining whether your child needs to be sent home or stay home from school. Students should not miss school unnecessarily, but other students and staff must also be protected from contagious illness.

    Students will be sent home by the school nurse with the following:

    1. Fever (elevated temperature of 100.5 or higher) upon arrival or during school hours. Must remain home until fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil).
    2. Vomiting and/or diarrhea, with 2 or more episodes within the previous 24 hours or during the school day. Once dismissed, the student may not return to school until there has been no vomiting and/or diarrhea for 24 hour.
    3. Rash of unknown origin, particularly those accompanied by fever or behavior change suggestive of infectious disease. Must be evaluated by a doctor and note sent for re-entry into school.
    4. Live head lice. Must be treated at home, and then re-checked by the school nurse, preferably with parent/guardian present, upon return to school.
    5. Irritability, lethargy, persistent crying, difficulty breathing, or other signs of severe illness.

    If a child is sent home from school by the school nurse, he/she is not allowed to return to school the following day, as most symptoms require at least 24 hours to resolve.

    Strep throat or other diagnosed infections must be treated with antibiotics for at least 24 hours prior to returning to school.

    If you have questions about when your student is ready to return to school, please contact your school nurse.

    Information on the Flu
    Flu and You
    Flu Guide for Parents
    Good Health Habits to Prevent the Flu
    Cold vs Flu: How to Tell the Difference
    Staying home with the Flu
    Staying home with the Flu – Spanish

    Pediculosis (Head Lice)

    Parents/Guardians of students identified with active live lice will be notified of finding.  Student will be dismissed and may return to school after treatment.  On return to school, child is to be checked by school nurse to assure no active lice identified.  Students with nits only will not be excluded, however continued efforts to assure all nits are removed is paramount to assure child does not have relapse of lice activity.

    Head Lice Guidelines (Spanish version)
    Head Lice Hygiene
    American Academy of Pediatrics – Head Lice Information
    Head Lice Brochure
    Head Lice Brochure – Spanish

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