When to Keep Your Child Home

Please CALL your child out sick, keeping them home from school if your child has…

Sick

At least two of the following symptoms: fever (measure or subjective), chills, rigors (shivers), myalgia (muscle aches), headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion or runny nose. 
OR
At least one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new olfactory disorder, new taste disorder. COVID-like symptoms.

Additionally

Your child has a fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater. Your child must be fever free (without fever-reducing medicine) for 24 hours before he or she may return to school.

Your child has been having diarrhea and/or vomiting. Your child must be tolerating food for at least 24 hours before he or she may return to school.

You suspect your child has strep throat or your child has just been diagnosed with strep throat and has not been taking an antibiotic for a full 24 hours. Once your child has taken an antibiotic for 24 hours he or she may return to school as long as they are fever free (less than 100 degrees Fahrenheit).

You suspect your child has chickenpox. Please call your child's doctor or the nurse in your child's school for advice.

You suspect your child has Head Lice. Please call the nurse in your child's school for advice.

You suspect your child has Conjunctivitis (pink eye) or your child has just been diagnosed with Conjunctivitis and has not been taking antibiotic eye drops for a full 24 hours. Once your child has taken an antibiotic for 24 hours he or she may return to school.

You suspect your child has Impetigo or your child has just been diagnosed with Impetigo and has not been taking an antibiotic for a full 24 hours. Once your child has taken an antibiotic for 24 hours he or she may return to school.

Your child has a rash of unknown cause. Please call your child's doctor or the nurse in your child's school for advice. Your child can only return to school when a diagnosis has been determined and treatment, if necessary, has begun.

Please note, if your child is in school with any of the symptoms listed above, they will be excluded from school. You will be called and asked to pick your child up from school. Your child will be admitted back to school after the duration of medical treatment and care.

Follow up with a note or a phone call regarding your child's reason for absence. If you take your child to the doctor, please send in the doctor's note regarding your child's diagnosis and the course of treatment when your child returns to school.

Thank you,
The Branchburg Township ~ Certified School Nurses

Contact us at:

Nurse Denise Shaughnessy
Whiton Elementary School
[email protected]
908-371-0842 #3
Nurse Janet Hoffman
Stony Brook School
[email protected]
908-722-2400 #3
Nurse Ling Zhang
Branchburg Central Middle School
[email protected]
908-526-1415 #3

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