• Too Sick for School?

    Posted by Cassie Luther on 10/30/2014

    Too Sick for School?

    When to Keep a Child Home

    Here are some guidelines for making the decision:  “Too sick for school?”


    FEVER:  Your child must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducers before returning to school .  If your child has a fever in the evening, and is normal the next morning, they still may not be ready to return to school.  During the course of an illness, it is typical for a person’s body temperature to be lower in the morning and then rise again in the afternoon. 

    ** Even if your child doesn’t have a fever it does not mean they are not ill.  Fever is NOT THE ONLY indicator of illness especially when vomiting and diarrhea are present.


    VOMITING:  If your child has vomited in the last 24 hours, please do not send them to school, even if they are feeling better.  Spending the day resting and consuming a liquid or soft diet, can insure their complete recovery.  Often there is not a fever that accompanies vomiting, however  they can still be ill  and/or contagious.


    DIARRHEA:  Loose stools have many causes, but regardless of the cause, children should NOT come to school until their bowel movements have resumed to normal without the use of antidiarrheal medications. If diarrhea persists for several days or is accompanied by other symptoms, consult your healthcare provider. 


    COLDS: Colds and runny noses are rampant in the winter months.  IF COLD SYMPTOMS ARE SEVERE, THAT IS, IF THERE IS A THICK, GREEENISH NASAL DISCHARGE AND/OR FREQUENT COUGHING which interferes with your child’s learning or those around them, KEEP YOUR CHILD AT HOME. Students must be able to manage nasal drainage independently at school.


    EARACHE:  An earache should never be ignored.  If your child complains of pain in one or both ears, keep them at home and make an appointment with your physician. 


    STREP THROAT:  Your child MUST BE ON ANTIBIOTIC treatment for 24 hours before returning to school.  Be certain to give your child the full course of treatment even after he feels better. 


    PINK EYE:  Is very contagious and if you send your student to school with eyes that have redness, drainage, and crusting your child will be sent home.  Student must be treated by a health care provider before returning to school. 


    “BUGS”:  Lice, scabies, impetigo, ringworms, pinworms, skin infections (staph), ALL must be properly treated before your child returns to school.  All students treated for lice must be screened by the nurse to return to school even if discovered over the weekend.


    Keeping a child at home can disrupt the family’s schedule, but it is IMPERATIVE to do so in order that your child can return to health and keep others healthy as well.  It’s OK to take a sick day so others won’t have to!  Your assistance is greatly appreciated.  

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