- Phone: (630) 668-1385
- Mailing Address: 1N350 Taylor Drive, Winfield, IL 60190
We're doubly blessed in the area of school health as two highly experienced nurses lead our health efforts. Mrs. Amy Cockrell, R.N., and Mrs. Danette Farrell, R.N. are also former WCGS moms, so they already know our students and understand and support our school's mission and values. This page is meant to highlight timely health updates from our nurses.
Contact our nurses at 630.668.1385, ext 251 or through e-mail via
Preventing the spread of illness in schools is critical to keeping everyone as healthy as possible. The WCGS school nurses recommend that sick children stay home until they're recovered enough to go back to school, typically starting the 24-hour count from the time that the symptoms start to improve. This helps not only to protect your child's health but also to prevent the spread of the illness to other children.
Consider the following signs as you make your decision whether or not to send your child to school:
Fever- If your child has a temperature of 99.5 degrees F or more, it's best to keep him or her home. A fever is a sign that the body is fighting off infection, which means your child is vulnerable and can also spread the illness to others. Wait at least 24 hours after your child has been fever-free without medication to send your child back to school.
Vomiting and Diarrhea - Both vomiting and diarrhea are good reasons for your child to stay home. These symptoms are too difficult to deal with at school and are signs that the child is still capable of spreading the infection. Wait at least 24 hours after the last episode and watch for a normal appetite for at least one meal before considering a return to school.
Fatigue - If your child is acting particularly fatigued, he or she is unlikely to benefit from sitting in class all day. Make sure your child stays hydrated and let him or her rest at home. Your child will be more susceptible to picking up a circulating illness if their body is
If Your Child has been Home with an Illness - Does your child look pale or tired? Does he or she act irritable or seem disinterested in regular daily activities? Are you having a hard time getting your child to eat anything? These are all signs that more recovery time is needed at home. Even if your child seems to have periods of energy during the day while home "sick," it's important to put that into context with how they act following that increased activity. If he/she seems to "wither" at bedtime, give your child another day of recovery at home.