How sick is too sick?
When to keep your child at home from school.
There are three main reasons to keep sick children at home:
- The child doesn’t feel well enough to take part in normal activities (such as; overly tired, fussy or won’t stop crying)
- The child needs more care than teachers and staff can give, and still care for the other children.
- The illness is on the list and staying home is recommended.
|Symptoms||Child Must Be at Home?|
Frequent loose or watery stools
|YES- Child can return to school 24 hours after the last episode.|
A fever of 100°F or above
|YES– Child can return to school 24 hours after being fever free WITHOUT THE HELP OF FEVER REDUCING MEDICATION|
Fever over 100°F with a cough or sore throat. Tiredness, body aches, vomiting and diarrhea.
|YES- for 24 hours after the fever is gone without the help of fever reducing medicine.|
NOTE: Children with asthma may go to school with a written health care plan and the school is allowed to give them medicine and treatment.
|YES- if severe, uncontrolled coughing or wheezing; rapid or difficulty breathing. Seek medical attention.|
|Mild RESPIRATORY OR COLD SYMPTOMS||NO- may attend if able to take part in regular school activities.|
Keep home if symptoms are severe.
|RASH WITH FEVER|
NOTE: Body rash without fever or behavior changes usually does not need to stay home from school, call the doctor.
|YES- call the doctor. Any rash that spreads quickly, has open weeping wounds and/or is not healing should be evaluated.|
|VOMITING||YES- Child can return to school 24 hours after the last episode.|
|CONJUNCTIVITIS (PINK EYE)|
NOTE: Seasonal allergies may also cause conjunctivitis symptoms.
|NO- Child may attend if able to take part in regular school activities. Call the doctor for diagnosis and possible treatment.|
|STREP THROAT||YES- For 24 hours after starting antibiotics and the child is able to partake in regular activities.|