Recommendations on when to keep a child at home, or send to school
Advice for Parents/Guardians
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)
- Flu-like symptoms such as body aches, fever, headache
- Persistent cough
►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:
- Respiratory illness: if your child has fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, seek medical care at once!
- Undiagnosed skin rash
- Suspected eye infection
- Flu-like symptoms including body aches, fever, headache