Reminder of our School Policies on illness – This protects the health and wellbeing of ALL students and staff.
CONJUNCTIVITIS (pink eye)
If you suspect your child has conjunctivitis please seek medical advice.
- Red eyes
- Watery discharge
- A yellow or green discharge common in bacterial infections
- Feeling of grit or sand
- Itchy eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Swollen eyelids
- Crusts that form on the eyelid overnight
Exclusion from School: The Nurse shall not exclude those whose conjunctivitis is mild or associated with a cold or allergy. For cases considered to be viral or bacterial then the School Nurse should direct to medical evaluation.
Findings That Help to Differentiate Cause:
Allergic: discharge remains watery; bilateral
Bacterial: the common meaning of “pink eye”: purulent drainage (pus)-thick, yellow to greenish yellow color and more crusting during sleep; usually begins in one eye and spread to the other by hand, contaminated eye mascara, etc. often begins in one eye but progresses to the other eye. This is contagious but less easily transmitted to others than viral.
Viral: usually less severe, watery discharge but may be thick and white to pale yellow; lasts 3-5 days. Most often in both eyes. This is highly contagious but does not require antibiotics.
All three may occur with the common cold.
Exclusion from School: All students/teachers presenting to the School Health Centre with a fever will be required to go home and not return for 24hrs after the last normal temperature (without taking any oral medication to reduce the fever). If no fever; but appears unwell the person is to remain at home until they are better.
If your child has vomiting or diarrhea, please keep them home for 24 hours after last vomit/diarrhea episode.
Children found to have live lice will be required to commence treatment. Once treatment has commenced, children will be able to return to school. The discovery of nits or live lice should not cause the student to be sent home from school or to be isolated at school. Parents will be notified and advised of the required management. Students may be transported home as usual.
For more information please come by the School Health Centre (B9, or we are available via phone or email