HOW TO DECIDE WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL ALWAYS KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL IF…
YOUR CHILD HAS A FEVER—This means a temperature above 100.4 degrees. Remember if you have given your child Tylenol or Ibuprofen in the am, it will have worn off by noon or 1 pm.
VOMITING—If you child has vomiting more than 2 times in an episode.
DIARRHEA—More than one episode of loose, watery stools is reason to keep your child home. Bloody stools is reason be seen by a doctor.
COUGHING OR BREATHING DIFFICULTY—Coughing non-stop or coughing that has kept your child up at night is reason to keep your child home from school.
RASH—A rash that is spreading is of concern. Any rash that is associated with a fever needs to be kept home from school. Skin rashes such as impetigo, scabies, chicken pox, hand/foot/mouth disease are very contagious. Children need to be free of rash for 24 hours before returning to school.
LICE-- Any student found to have live lice on their person will be sent home. The child may return to school after treatment.
EYE INFECTIONS—Pink eye or conjunctivitis appears as a pinkish or redness to one or both eyes (the white part or sclera is involved). The infection usually itches or is painful. The eye may have yellow or green drainage. The child may return to school once treated with antibiotic ointment or drops for 24 hours.
SORE THROAT—If a sore throat is accompanied by fever, headache or stomachache, it could be strep throat. Strep throat is diagnosed by a culture done at a medical facility. If your child has been diagnosed with a strep infection, he/she must have 3 doses or 24 hours of treatment prior to returning to school.
The above are guidelines for you to follow. Your child should be kept home from school if they are not feeling well, and as parents, you are the best people to judge their wellness. It is important that they get rest and to prevent the spread of germs and illness to other children and staff.