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)
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.