Illness Management

  • Keeping up with recommended vaccinations combined with appropriate hand hygiene is best practice for staying healthy in cold and flu season!  

    Please visit Hamilton Township Department of Health for current information pertaining to local COVID and Flu vaccination clinics, guidelines, and recommendations. 

    **If your student is ill, please keep them home!  A fever is considered a temperature of 100.4 or greater.  Please do not give them medication such as Tylenol, Advil, or Motrin and send them to school.  Sometimes fever is the only symptom that will show an illness. If you have given them medication in the morning, they will not show a fever until the afternoon, infecting everyone they come in contact with.  Students should be free from fever for 24 hours, without the use of medication, before returning to school.  

    Students who do not feel well will not learn well!

    If your child is suspected of having Strep Throat or Pink Eye

    • Please keep your child/children home until you receive the results
    • Once your child/children are diagnosed with strep throat or pink eye, they must be on antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school
    • Additionally, your child must be without fever and on NO fever-reducing medication (tylenol, advil, ibuprofen, motrin, etc) for at least 24 hours before returning to school

    If your child has vomiting or diarrhea

    • Please keep them home until they can tolerate a normal meal and/or diarrhea has subsided

    If your child is coughing

    • Students who are coughing continuously should remain home if the cough interferes with the child's ability or the ability of other students to concentrate on their schoolwork

    Please follow the guidelines below to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses like the flu:

    1. Remind your family to cover all coughs and sneezes with a tissue 
    2. Have your child practice sneezing and coughing into their elbow, not their hands
    3. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
    4. Wash hands for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing.  Use alcohol-based sanitizer only if soap and water are not available
    5. Have you or your child stay home if they are sick, especially with a fever
    6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.