Your child's health and the health of all children are important to us. The following guidelines have been updated and are recommended when you have questions about sending your child to school. Please keep your child home if he/she has:
Thank you for your cooperation. Children function more effectively in the classroom when they are healthy. Feel free to contact Joni Heiden, RN, or Lisa Penate, RN if you have any questions about your child's readiness for school.
Joni (686-8075), Lisa (686-8076).
These guidelines were reviewed, updated, and approved by our Medical Advisor, Dr. Jeanette Mercer 12/05/13. They are based on recommendations in the Infectious Diseases in Child Care and School Settings manual, revised October 2013, from the Communicable Disease Epidemiology Program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and recommendations from The School Health Program of Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Fifth's Disease is one of the more common childhood
illnesses. It is caused by a virus and is spread by respiratory
secretions form coughing and sneezing. The incubation period is usually
4-14 days after exposure. Some children may have symptoms of sore
throat, muscle aches, loss of appetite and/or "runny nose" two days
before the rash appears. Other children have no symptoms at all. The
rash begins on the face with a very red, raised rash that is warm to
the touch ("slapped cheek" appearance). After 1-3 days a pink
lace-like rash appears on the thighs and upper arms, it can also
involve the abdomen and back. It may or may not itch. The rash may
last 1-3 weeks and will come and go. It will be more visible with
heat, exercise and exposure to the sun. Fever is not usually present;
is so it is less than 102 degrees.
Once the rash has occurred the illness is no longer
contagious, therefore children do not have to be excluded from school.
No treatment is necessary. The best prevention for Fifth's Disease is
good hygiene; wash hands frequently, avoid touching eyes/nose and
cover nose/mouth when coughing and sneezing. Also avoid sharing
dishes, eating utensils, towels, washcloths or tissues.
If you are pregnant and exposed to Fifth's Disease
please inform your health care provider. If you have any other
questions please call Joni Heiden, RN (686-8075) or Lisa Penate, RN
If your child must have medication of any
type, including over-the-counter medicine (e.g., Tylenol, Advil, cough
medicine), you have three choices:
This is a school district policy (JLCD) and will be
strictly enforced to insure the health and well being of all students.
Remember, the only way we can give medication at school is with a
completed school medication card, signed by parent and physician, and a
pharmacy labeled container. The medication, by School Board Policy,
will be kept in a locked container in each health room. Asthma inhalers and EpiPens may be carried by students. Students may carry and self-administer their own medication as long as there is written parent and physician permission and a contract to carry is signed by the student, parent, and school nurse. Thank you for
As of September 2004, preventive measures such as
sunscreen, insect repellent, diaper ointment, and cough drops may be
used with written parental permission only.