Dear Wayne-Westland Families,
As the winter weather progresses and we spend more time indoors, illnesses continue to thrive. We are seeing a rise in the number of ill students and staff. Below is a reminder of the district health policies. The MDHHS (Michigan Department of Health and Human Services) recommends, and the district requests, the following protocols:
- Fever: A child has a temperature of 100.4F taken by mouth or 99.4F taken under the arm. The child will be sent home. The child should not return until 24 hours of no fever without using fever-reducing medications.
- Diarrhea: A child has two loose or watery stools, even if there are no other signs of illness. The child will be sent home. The child should have no loose stools for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Vomiting: A child that is vomiting will be sent home. The child should have no vomiting episodes for 24 hours before returning to school. (Exception: a healthcare provider has determined that the vomiting is due to a noninfectious condition such as ulcer, anxiety, or pancreatitis.)
- Strep Throat: Students should not return to school until 24 hours after the antimicrobial medications have been started.
- Pink Eye: Students will be sent home at the first signs of illness and should not return to school until after being on medication for 24 hours.
- Ringworm: Treatment may be delayed until the end of the day. No exclusion is necessary if treatment starts before the next day's return.
- Head Lice: Students with live lice may stay in school until the end of the day. Immediate treatment at home is advised.
Please note that based on guidelines from the Michigan Department of Education, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the district does not send out notifications when there is a case of one of the above at your child's school.
We appreciate your understanding as we work together to keep everyone healthy.
John Dignan, Ed.D.