GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR KEEPING STUDENTS HOME FROM SCHOOL DUE TO ILLNESS
Cold and flu season is in full swing, and the Millard School District School Nurses are aware that it is sometimes difficult to decide when and how long to keep an ill student home from school. The timing of the absence is often important in order to decrease the spread of illness to others, and to prevent the student from acquiring any other illnesses while his/her resistance is lowered. The following guidelines represent some of the more common illnesses and are based upon the CDC and Utah Department of Health recommendations.
COMMON COLD: Symptoms can include sore throat, watery discharge from the nose and eyes, sneezing, chills and generalized discomfort. The student should remain home if symptoms are serious enough to interfere with their ability to learn. Medical care should be obtained if fever develops, if symptoms persist beyond 10 days, or if symptoms are severe or unusual.
FEVER: Fever is a symptom indicating the presence of an illness. If the student’s temperature is 100 degrees or greater, he/she will be sent home and should remain home until he/she has been fever-free, without the use of fever-reducing medications, for a full 24 hours.
FLU: Abrupt onset of fever, chills, headache and sore muscles. A runny nose, sore throat, and cough are also common. The student should remain at home if symptoms are serious enough to interfere with their ability to learn, and until the student is fever-free, without the use of fever-reducing medications, for a full 24 hours.
PINKEYE (CONJUCTIVITIS): Symptoms include redness of the eye or eyelid, thick and purulent (pus) discharge, matted eyelashes, burning, itching, or eye pain. The student will be sent home from school and should remain home until after 24 hours of antibiotic treatment has been completed.
STREP THROAT: Symptoms can include fever, a red throat with pus spots, and tender, swollen glands of the neck. The student should remain home from school until after 24 hours of antibiotic treatment has been completed. A doctor’s note is required for re-admittance.
VOMITING AND/OR DIARRHEA (INTESTINAL VIRAL INFECTIONS): Symptoms can include stomach ache, cramping, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea, possible fever, headache, and body aches. The student will be sent home from school and should remain at home until he/she has been free of vomiting, diarrhea and fever, without the use of symptom-reducing medication, for a full 24 hours.
Remember: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You can help prevent the spread of illness by staying home when sick, washing your hands, covering your cough and sneeze, and disinfecting surfaces. Please contact Erma Kaye May (School Nurse) (435) 406-1773 with any questions or concerns, and remember to keep your emergency contact information updated, so you can be reached when needed.
Delta High’s Mission statement:
To provide a medium where students can gain the knowledge, skills, and self-worth necessary for them to reach their potential and become productive members of an ever-changing society.
- Increase the reading and writing skills of all students attending DHS
Meet State and Federal Standards
- Increase percent of students proficient in end of level testing
- Increase the overall score of students taking the ACT
- Increase the number of students who improve their level of proficiency
- Increase the number of students taking advantage of college level classes
- Increase the number of students participating in extra-curricular activities.
- Provide students with opportunities to gain an appreciation for past traditions and contributions.
- Gain an appreciation of different cultures
- Become a productive and contributing member of society
Delta High School
What We Believe
We believe that students need to have good feelings about themselves. They need to feel capable, worthwhile, and appreciated. Their self-esteem influences their ability to relate with others and learn successfully.
We believe that positive self-esteem and appropriate behavior are best promoted by making our expectations clear, consistent, and achievable, while praising acceptable behavior.
We believe that if students are provided a caring atmosphere, quality instruction, and the opportunity to experience success they will enjoy and accept their responsibility for learning.
We believe that a learning program designed to meet the individual needs of all students will help prepare them to face the changes and challenges of the future.
We believe that the home is of primary importance to the educational development of each child. We want to work closely with the parents and/or guardians to provide the best environment and encouragement for each child.
We believe that using the latest in information, materials, and technology will help us to become better educators and give our students the best chance to succeed academically.
We believe that students will benefit from being involved in some aspect of extra-curricular activities. We feel that those involved assume pride and ownership in the school and can learn positive habits that they may not be able to learn otherwise.