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Reminder from the Nurses: Is Your Child Sick? Symptoms that Require a Doctor's Visit

Fever Your child may be exposed to many common childhood illnesses during this time of year including strep throat, conjunctivitis (pink eye), upper and lower respiratory infections, gastroenteritis and flu. As concerned parents, you should become familiar with symptoms that warrant contact with your health care provider. These include, but are not limited to:
  • Persistent fever over 100 degrees F for more than 48 hours
  • Worsening cough or persistent cough lasting more than 1 week
  • Severe sore throat accompanied by fever or known exposure to strep
  • Rash accompanied by fever
  • Red, draining eyes for more than 48 hours
  • Honey-crusted sores around mouth, nose or other parts of the body
  • Large amount of thick, colored nasal drainage for more than 1 week
  • Ear pain or drainage from ear
  • Severe headaches
  • Persisting vomiting/diarrhea
If your child develops any of these or other persistent, worrisome symptoms, contact your health care provider to receive appropriate medical evaluation and treatment as necessary.

As the above symptoms are very common during this time of year, we will not be sending home notification every time they may occur in your child’s classroom. However, if there happens to be large number of cases of a particular contagious illness at one time, parents will receive further notification on that illness.

Please note that a student must be fever free (less than 100 degrees F) for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication before he or she returns to school. If a student is placed on antibiotics for an infection such as strep throat, the student must be on the antibiotics for at least 24 hours before returning to school. There will be no exceptions.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s nurse at Middle/High: Gary M. Bisone, RN, and Gail Walter, RN, 716-694-7678.



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