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 from 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. Must be checked by health room staff upon 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 workdays and less illness for the parent.