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Flu Season: When to Stay Home

Churchill Families;

Flu season is upon us. While school attendance is very important, there are times when students should stay home. Please see the note below for information on when to keep your student home. I want to stress that students should not return to school until 24 hrs after their last episode of fever, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

-Kim Roellig, RN

School Nurse, Churchill High School

541 790-5237

When To Keep Your Child Home From School

If your child has vomited, had diarrhea or a fever, keep them home for 24 hours after the last incident. Do not send your child to school until they have been fever-free (under 100 degrees) for 24 hours without any fever-reducing medication (e.g., acetaminophen or ibuprofen—aspirin should not be given for fever due to viruses, to prevent a complication called Reye’s syndrome). In general, if your child has a cough lasting 7 days, a health care provider should be consulted. If you need access to a health care provider contact the nurse or School-Based Health Center.

Please keep your child home if you see these signs:

  • Fever greater than 100.5
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea (3 watery or loose stools in one day with or without fever)
  • Stiff neck or headache with fever
  • Any rash with or without fever
  • Unusual behavior change, such as irritability, lethargy
  • Jaundice (yellow color of skin or eyes)
  • Skin lesions that are “weepy” (fluid or pus-filled)
  • Colored drainage from eyes
  • Brown/green drainage from nose with fever of greater than 100.5
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; serious, sustained cough

If your student has a chronic condition that is impacting attendance, please request consultation with the nurse.


Kim Roellig, RN
School Dist. 4J School Nurse

Direct Line: (541) 790-5237
Confidential Fax: (541) 790-5180

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