Is Your Child Too Sick
to Attend School?
When a child complains of not feeling well parents are confronted with the decision to send the child to school or keep them home.
Below are a few guidelines that may be helpful when making that decision. While it does not cover every medical condition it does offer guidance for some common ailments.
However, this does not take the place of seeking medical attention.
Please consult your doctor for specific medical advice.
Fever - (100 degrees or higher) - A fever is a sign of illness. A child with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher should not attend school. The child should be free of fever for 24 hours without the use of medication before returning to school.
Sore Throat/Colds/Cough - Minor cold symptoms are common and usually don't interfere with school attendance. A persistent, frequent cough and/or constant nasal drainage may affect your child's performance at school, and he/she may be more comfortable at home.
Vomiting/Diarrhea - A child who has vomited should wait 24 hours and be able to retain solid foods before returning to school. A child who is having frequent diarrhea stools should not attend school. If there is cramping/abdominal pain with diarrhea, the student may be more comfortable at home.
Rash - A rash may cover the entire body or only one area. A child that has a rash that is draining, has open areas or is causing the child to itch excessively should not attend school. A rash accompanied with other symptoms such as: a fever, sore throat, irritability, vomiting, etc. should not attend school.