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When to Send to School or Keep Home


Deciding when a child is too sick to go to school can be a difficult decision to make.   The guidelines below can help when trying to decide.   Please feel free to call your school nurse if further information is needed.
 
Go to School…If your child has any of the following symptoms, they should probably go to school…
 
Sniffles, a runny nose and a 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…Please consider keeping your child at home (and possibly contacting their health care provider) if they have any of the following symptoms…
 
Appearance, Behavior – unusually tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused or irritable 
 
Eyes – thick mucus or pus draining from the eye, eye pain and/or redness, matted eyelids after sleep
 
 Fever – temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.  Your child must be fever free and off all fever reducing medications for 24 hours before they return to school.  
 
Sore Throat – especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck.   If your child is diagnosed with Strep Throat, they may return to school 24 hours after antibiotic treatment begins.
 
Vomiting/Diarrhea –  please keep home until illness is over
 
Ear pain –  untreated ear infections can cause problems with hearing loss
 
Rash – especially with fever 
 
Acute Pain –  Students that have pain that requires narcotics should not attend school until their pain is managed with over-the-counter medications (Tylenol, Advil..)
 
Please keep sick children away from school and school sponsored events.  This will help to make a  stronger, healthier community!