Deciding when a child is too sick to go to school can be a difficult decision for parents to make. When trying to decide, use the guidelines below to help you.
Go to School - If your child has any of the following symptoms, they should probably go to school:
- Sniffles, a runny nose and a mild cough without a fever (this could be an allergic response to dust, pollen or seasonal changes)
- Vague complaints of aches, pains, or fatigue
- Single episode of diarrhea or vomiting without any other symptoms
Stay at Home- If your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep your child at home or make appropriate child care arrangements:
- Appearance/Behavior- unusually tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused or irritable. This is sufficient reason to exclude a child.
- Eyes- thick mucus or pus draining form the eye or pink eye. You may see a white or yellow discharge, matted eyelids after sleep, eye pain, and/or redness.
- Fever- temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Remember that a child must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Greenish Nose Discharge and/or Chronic Cough- should be seen by a health care provider. These conditions may be contagious and require treatment.
- Sore Throat- especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck. (With Strep Throat, the child may return to school after 24 hours of antibiotics)
- Diarrhea- three or more watery stools in a 24 hour period, especially if the child acts or looks ill.
- Vomiting- two or more times within the past 24 hours.
- Rash- body rash, especially with fever or itching. Heat rashes and allergic reactions are not contagious.
- Ear Infections without Fever- do not need to be excluded, but the child needs to get medical treatment and follow-up. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.
- Lice/Scabies- children may not return to school until they have been treated and are free of lice and nits (eggs). Must be checked in by health room staff or bring signed statement from physician/health department saying they are nit free and may return to school.
- Chicken Pox- children must stay at home from school until all lesions have formed scabs or crusts (usually 5 days after rash onset)
IF YOUR CHILD SHOWS ANY OF THE ABOVE SYMPTOMS AT SCHOOL, IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO PICK HIM/HER UP FROM SCHOOL.
While we regret any inconvenience this may cause, in the long run this means fewer lost work days and less illness for parent.