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When to keep your child home from school?

Kid with cold

Please do not send your child to school if they have the following symptoms:

Temperature 100.0 or more in the last 24 hrs. Please wait until your child has been fever free for 24 hrs without any fever reducing medicine (like Tylenol or Motrin).

Vomiting or diarrhea due to illness within the last 24 hrs. They need to be able to eat a normal meal and not have had any more vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hrs to return to school.

Deep cough, constant cough, or wheezing. If your child is experiencing this please keep them home and follow up with your dr. before sending back to school.

Signs of pink eye such as yellow sticky drainage or matter noted in eyelashes, eye reddened, itchy, sore, swollen, sensitive to light, or any other symptom not normal for your child. If only one eye affected it's more likely pink eye as well. Please have them checked by their dr before returning to school. If you're really not sure feel free to bring them in to school and let the nurse check them before sending them to class! If they do have pink eye they must use their prescribed medicine by the dr for 24 hours before able to return to school.

Sore throat- If it's a minor sore throat with a cold and they can eat and drink without problem it's probably ok to send them. However, if they are running a fever, can't swallow well, have very swollen or red tonsils, etc please keep them home and follow up with their dr first.

These are guidelines to help prevent the spread of illness to other students. Sometimes it can be hard to tell if your child is really getting ill or is just tired and doesn't want to come to school. If your child has been eating and playing normally the evening before and they do not have any symptoms other than "not feeling well" they may just be tired and it's ok to try and send them. If you aren't sure it's fine to call the nurse and ask what her recommendation is!

*Also, any time your child is injured or ill and cannot participate in regular activities such as gym, recess, etc please send in a dr's note. Thank you!

Dental Exam & Health Check Requirements

Wood Co Schools Dental Exam & Health Check Requirements:

Wood Co Schools requests proof of a dental exam and a wellness exam in the fall for the grades listed below.Your dentist & doctor can give you a summary statement of your visit or you can print a form below to take to your dentist and doctor. You can also have a statement faxed to 304-420-9589.

Pre-k: All students entering pre-k for the first time

Kg: Any student who was not in pre-k or was in pre-k and did not submit exam proof last school year.

2nd grade: All second grade students

(7th and 12th grade students are required as well.)

If you do not provide proof of a dental visit, your child will be enrolled (with your signed permission) in the school-based dental clinic, which will occur sometime during the school year. They will check your child's teeth, apply fluoride treatment, and help you find a local dentist for follow-up care.

See links below:

(These are new requirements from the state of WV. The official policy is on file at the Board Office.)

 The following link has info on keeping your child's teeth healthy.
http://kidshealth.org/parent/general/teeth/healthy.html#

Lice Facts

Anyone can get lice! They aren't picky! Please occasionally check your child's hair to make sure they don't have any extra guests. Please encourage your child to not share hats, scarves, coats, combs/brushes, hair accessories, sports equipment, etc.and avoid leaning their head against someone else. Here's a couple links for more info on lice:

http://www.headfirstlicelessons.org/

https://healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/from-insects-animals/Pages/Signs-of-Lice.aspx

Nits are the tiny eggs that the lice lay. Lice treatments are not guaranteed to kill the eggs, only the live lice. Therefore, it's highly recommended to spend the time to remove the eggs, otherwise, it's easy to become re-infested. Even though a lot of the literature says removing all the eggs is not always necessary, it's the most effective.

Your child's doctor (or any urgent care dr.) is able to prescribe lice medication that your insurance may cover. You can also find treatments at any drugstore. The following link has info about different lice treatments:

http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/treatment.html

Wood Co Schools does not recommend any particular brand.

Lice Policy: Wood Co Schools follows the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation for their policy. Students are not required to be excluded if found to have head lice. Parents are expected to treat their child after school and send them back the following day.

AAP Offers Updated Guidance on Treating Head Lice

Head lice are often a fact of life for school‐aged children. While inconvenient, head lice cause no medical harm and can be effectively treated. A revised clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), “Head Lice,” published in the August print issue of Pediatrics (published online July 26), clarifies and updates protocols for diagnosis and treatment, and provides guidance for the management of children with head lice in the school setting. Head lice are not a health hazard or a sign of poor hygiene and, in contrast to body lice, are not responsible for the spread of any disease. No healthy child should be excluded from or miss school because of head lice, and no-nit policies for return to school should be abandoned. Informed school nurses can help with diagnosis and suggestions about treatment. Because head lice are usually transmitted by head‑to‑head contact, parents should carefully check a child’s head before and after attending a sleepover or camp where children share sleeping quarters. There are many ways to treat active infestations, but not all products and techniques have been evaluated for safety and effectiveness. One percent permethrin lotion is recommended as initial treatment for most head lice infestations with a second application 7‑10 days after the first. Parents and caregivers should make sure that any treatment chosen is safe; preferred treatments would be those which are easy to use, reasonably priced, and proven to be non‑toxic. All products must be used exactly according to manufacturer’s instructions. Your pediatrician can help with diagnosis, treatment choices and management of difficult cases.

https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/AAP-Offers-Updated-Guidance-on-Treating-Head-Lice.aspx

Flu

Influenza, or “the flu,” is a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract (nose, throat and lungs) that can cause secondary complications and attack other target organs in the body. The flu is not just a bad cold! Flu symptoms tend to develop quickly (usually 1 to 4 days after a person is exposed to the flu virus) and are usually more severe than the typical sneezing and congestion associated with the common cold.(https://www.familiesfightingflu.org/what-is-the-flu/)

Flu

If you or your child see a doctor within the first 24-48 hours of getting flu symptoms and test positive for the flu, Tamiflu can be prescribed which can shorten duration of the illness. Be sure to get lots of rest, drink plenty of fluids, and avoid being around others.

Emergency warning signs of flu in children can include:

  • High and prolonged fever (102 degrees or above for more than 72 hours)
  • Changes in mental condition, such as not waking up or not interacting; being so moody that the child does not want to be held; or seizures
  • Bluish or gray skin color
  • Drop in body temperature (hypothermia)
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Not able to take in the usual amount of fluids
  • Flu-like symptoms improve, but then return with fever or worse cough
  • Worsening of underlying medical complications (for example, heart or lung disease, diabetes)
  • If your child presents any of these symptoms, please seek medical attention right away!