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Keeping Your Child Home

In the hustle and bustle of the morning routine, it is often difficult to know when to keep your child home from school due to illness. Absence from school is warranted when your child is either too ill or tired to participate in the learning activities, or the condition creates an unhealthy environment for others.

Guidelines for keeping your child home from school:

  • Stay home for acute stomach pains/diarrhea
  • Stay home for 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting
  • Stay home for 24 hours after the last elevated temperature (a temperature higher than 100.5 F)
  • Stay home for lethargy or increased fatigue
  • Stay home with a weeping rash, or a rash associated with a fever
  • Stay home with a pink eye with a lot of crusting, tearing or mucus discharge
  • Stay home with severe congestion causing difficulty breathing with or without a persistent cough

Frequent hand washing continues to be the best defense against illness transmission. 

Please routinely check your children for lice and ticks and notify the health office of any concerns.

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Nursing Staff

Debra A. Foley, RN, MSN, CRNP
Coordinator of Health Services/Health Faculty
215-844-3460, ext. 142 or 487

Nancy Hirschfeld, RN, MSN, CRNP
Associate Nurse
215-844-3460, ext. 142

Counseling Staff

Middle & Upper School Counselor
Elizabeth Coombs, BA, MEd
215-844-3460, ext. 205

Lower School Counselor
Lisa Reedich, BA, MSS
215-844-3460, ext. 171

Penn Charter

A Friends School for Girls and Boys, Pre-K to 12

3000 West School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144 215.844.3460
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