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When Your Child is Sick...or Not Feeling Well

When Your Child is Sick...or Not Feeling Well

Recommendations on when to keep a child at home or send to school

Advice for Parents   
Sick happens. Determining whether or not your child should attend school or stay at home can be a parent or guardian's toughest decision of the day. Use these guidelines to make the best decision for your child and for the health of others.

►Keep at Home...if your child exhibits any of the following signs or symptoms:
  • Fever of 100 degrees F (when measured orally)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Flu-like symptoms such as body aches, fever, headache
  • Persistent coughing and cannot attend to instruction

►Send to School...if your child exhibits the following mild signs or symptoms:
  • Ear infection, no pain
  • After 24 hours of treatment for eye infection
  • Minor cold (runny nose, cough, sneezing, sore throat)
  • After 24 hours of treatment for Scabies or Lice infestation
  • Cold sores (should be kept covered when possible)
  • After 24 hours of medication for Strep Throat
  • Vague "I don't feel good" symptoms or complaints
►BEFORE sending your child to school, be sure s/he is without fever, vomiting, diarrhea for at least 24 hours without a fever reducing medication (i.e., acetaminophen, ibuprofen).


►See a Doctor...if your child exhibits these signs or symptoms, which may indicate a more serious condition:
  • Undiagnosed skin rash
  • Suspected eye infection
  • Flu-like symptoms including body aches, fever, headache