Deciding When to Keep Your Child at Home

Is My Child Too Sick For School?

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We feel strongly that good attendance is extremely important to your child's success at school. They must be here to learn!

Sometimes it is hard to decide whether to send your child to school when he or she doesn't feel well. This may help. Also, refer to your student handbook for regulations.

A RUNNY NOSE is the way many children respond to pollen, dust, or simply a change in the season. If it is not the common cold, then it is an allergy. Do not keep the child home from school as long as they are fever free. Please be sure they practice good hand washing and cough or sneeze into their elbow not their hands or the air.

A BAD COUGH can indicate a severe cold, bronchitis, flu, asthma flare up, or even pneumonia. If your child is not acting right, has a fever of 100 degrees or above, has difficulty breathing, or is becoming dehydrated, it could be serious. Keep your child home and check with your doctor.

DIARRHEA and VOMITING make children very uncomfortable. If your child has repeated episodes of diarrhea or vomiting consult a doctor and keep your child out of school until the illness passes. However,a single episode of diarrhea or vomiting, unaccompanied by any other symptoms, may not be reason enough for the child to miss school. Please be sure we know how to reach you, if needed. A child will be sent home if 2 episodes of diarrhea or vomiting have occurred in a 24hr period. Children can return to school when they have been diarrhea free or vomiting free for 24 hours without the use of medications.

FEVER A student must stay home if his/her temperature is 100 or higher. The student may return to school when free of fever (without a fever reducing medication like Tylenol or Motrin/Advil) for at least 24hours.

STREP THROAT or Scarlet Fever is caused by a streptococcal (bacterial) infection.  Common symptoms are a sore throat along with fever, headache and stomachache. A child with strep throat should be kept home and treated with antibiotics, as prescribed by a doctor. The student may return to school after they have been on antibiotic treatment for at least 24hrs and they are not running a fever.

PINK EYE or CONJUNCTIVITIS is highly contagious and uncomfortable. Symptoms -complains of one eye or both eyes burning, itching, and producing a whitish or crusty discharge. Minor cases (caused by a virus)and severe cases (caused by bacteria) may require treatment with prescription eye drops. The student may return to school when prescription medication has been started for 24hrs or they have a doctor's note stating the student is not contagious.

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