As we head into late fall and winter, which is typically the time of year when there are increases in illness-related absences, Pitt County Schools would like to offer the following reminders:
- Sick students should remain at home.
- Students may return to school once they are fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medications such as Tylenol or Motrin and other symptoms have improved.
- If vomiting or diarrhea is present, there should be no new episodes for at least 12 hours.
- Students should feel well enough to fully participate in school activities.
- Students may return with a parent’s note to excuse the absence (as an illness).
- A doctor’s note is not required to return to school following a routine and short-term illness, including Covid-19 (short-term may be defined as 1 week or less).
- Parents should consider having their student seen by their primary doctor if they are running a fever of 100.4 or higher for more than 24 hours, vomiting several times in a 24-hour period or have flu-like symptoms that are not improving after 48-72 hours.
Parents should only utilize the Emergency Department for symptoms that require immediate care:
- Fast breathing or working hard to breathe;
- Bluish skin color;
- Not waking up or lethargic;
- Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with a fever and worse cough;
- Unable to drink or eat;
- Having no tears when crying (symptom of dehydration);
- Fever with a rash. (Source: CDC.gov)
*Please note that students who have underlying medical conditions or are immuno-suppressed may need to seek medical care from their doctor more quickly.