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When to Keep your Child at Home

It is important to maintain a healthy environment in the classroom to protect all students.  Please seriously evaluate your child's health and ability to be productive in school when he or she complains of a headache, stomach pain, sore throat, or cold symptoms without a fever.  Children often have no fever in the morning, but, as the day progresses, can develop a fever.  Keeping your sick child home will help him/her recover sooner and will help to prevent the spread of germs to others.  The following symptoms may indicate a contagious illness.  Your child should be kept at home if any of the following occur:
  • Fever of 100° the night prior to or the morning of school; student must be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school.  
  • Headache unrelieved by Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea within the past 24 hours; student must be vomit/diarrhea-free for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Sore throat lasting 2-3 days; a visit to the doctor may be needed to rule out strep throat.
  • Drainage from the eyes; red, itchy, and/or crusty eyes
  • Excessive coughing unrelieved by cough drops or cough medicine.
  • Rash (unless determined to be non-communicable by a physician)
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dizziness or chills
  • Stiff neck or headache not caused by an accident or fall

Having your sick child rest at home with any of the above conditions will likely help with his/her recovery.  It will also help to prevent the spread of germs to other students and staff members.