Stay Home If You Are Sick (PNA Policy)
24-Hour Rule: Provided they feel well enough, any person may return to a PNA facility:
- 24 hours after a fever ends, without the use of medication
- 24 hours after starting antibiotics, provided there is no fever
- 24 hours after the last episode of diarrhea or vomiting, provided there is no fever
Please stay home if you exhibit any of the following:
- Fever > 100° F
- Diarrhea: more than one watery stool in a 24-hour period
- Consistent cough that is not related to asthma or seasonal allergies
- Excessive nasal drainage
- Sore throat, especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck
- Persistent pain
- Rash: body rash, especially with fever or itching. Rash that is weeping, oozing, or widespread unless cleared by a medical provider
- Ear infection with fever. (Without fever okay to attend, but may need medical treatment and follow-up. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss).
- Head lice (until treatment is started)
- Contagious diseases such as chickenpox, strep throat, mono, whooping cough, pink eye, impetigo, ringworm, scabies, etc., until treated and/or cleared to return
- Unusual appearance, behavior: abnormally tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused or irritable. This is a sufficient reason to exclude a child from school.
If you have been diagnosed with a contagious disease, please contact your site supervisor to report the illness. Always include as much description as possible regarding the reason for absence.
We understand some people feel pressure to come to work or class even though they are sick. The PNA leadership team is doing everything possible to alleviate this feeling.