Is my Child Sick or Well?

  • Send a child to school or keep them home?

    No parent wants a child to miss school without good reason, but sending a sick child to class can make a condition worse and put other children at risk. The following guidelines can help make that tough morning decision:

     Do not keep a child home for:

    1.    Sniffles, a runny nose and a mild cough without fever.
    2.    Vague complaints of aches, pains, or fatigue.
    3.    A single episode of diarrhea or vomiting without any other symptoms.

    Keep a child home when he/she has:

    1.    A fever of 100 or more for at least 24 hours after fever subsides without fever-reducing medication
    2.    Persistent vomiting or diarrhea the night before
    3.    Strep throat for 24 hours after the first dose of medication
    4.    Undiagnosed rash with fever
    5.    Head lice - till all live lice and virtually all nits are removed
    6.    A persistent productive cough and wheezing with thick constant nasal discharge
    7.    Chickenpox - Stay home until blisters are scabbed over.
    8.    Pinkeye - Yellow discharge, eyes matted together after sleep, eye pain and redness.

    Please keep your child home for 24 hours after the first dose of antibiotics is given unless you have a physician's note.
    Please call the attendance clerk in the office by 9:00 concerning your child's absence.

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