Chicopee Health




Flu is an active concern for school this year.  We can all do a lot to help reduce the transmission of illness at school by reducing the number of sick children sent to school.  The following guidelines below help parents determine when students should stay home.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the school nurse.

Please keep your child home if your child has had any of the following:

  •  fever of 100.4 F (37.8 C) in the past 24 hours
  • a fever accompanied by any one of the following: cough, runny nose or sore throat (flu like symptoms)
  • your child has needed Tylenol or Ibuprofen to control fever for past 24 hours
  • strep throat-if awaiting culture results or less than 24 hours of antibiotic treatment
  • vomiting or diarrhea in past 24 hours
  • an undiagnosed rash
  • suspected conjunctivitis (pink eye)


Tips for managing a sick child at home:

  • if your child has fever with any one of the following: cough, runny nose or sore throat (flu like symptoms), please keep your child home until no fever (off Tylenol/Ibuprofen) for 24 hours
  • use a thermometer to accurately  measure body temperature, (not the back of your hand)
  • for people who are awake during the day and asleep at night, the body temperature is lowest upon waking and gradually increases throughout the day, (not usually over 100 F), a good time to check for fever when ill is 4-5pm
  • children do not usually wake up with a headache, if your child wakes with a headache, a fever may be present-please check temperature
  • wash hands before eating and after using toilet
  • do not share food, eating utensils or drinks with family members that are sick

if you are not able to stay home with your sick child, please have a back-up plan ready to avoid sending a sick child to school.

TEL: 413-594-3437, FAX: 413-594-3500

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