Sick Child

When to keep your student at home...

As flu and cold season approaches we wanted to give you some guidelines to help you determine when and if your child should stay home from school and when he or she should return.

• Fevers – temperatures over 100.4 can indicate a viral infection, such as the flu. Please keep your student home when they have a fever over 100.4. The student may return to school when he or she has been fever free for 24 hours and feels well enough to attend school. Make sure your student gets plenty of fluids and rest.

• Vomiting and diarrhea – Please keep your student home if they are having diarrhea and/or vomiting. He or she may return once they have been symptom free for 24 hours.

• Cough – If a student is having a cough that interrupts his or her normal activity, produces green or yellow sputum or causes wheezing or shortness of breath, please keep your student home and make an appointment with his or her physician.

• Sore throat – If your student has sore throat that is red, swollen, causing trouble swallowing and/or is accompanied by a fever, please keep your student home and make an appointment with his or her physician.

• Rashes – If your student develops a new rash, please take your student to his or her physician’s office to have the rash evaluated before returning to school. Please provide the school with documentation containing what the rash is, what the treatment consists of, if the rash is contagious, and if there are any special considerations when your child returns to school.

• Conjunctivitis (pink eye) – Pink eye is very contagious, and can be viral or bacterial in nature. If your student is having drainage from the eyes, swelling, redness and pink eye is suspected, please keep your student home and make an appointment with his or her physician.

• Stomachache – If the stomachache is accompanied by vomiting, diarrhea or a fever, please keep your student at home. Stomachaches can be caused by numerous things, and if it is not accompanied by the symptoms stated above, your student may come to school.

• Runny nose – If your student has a runny nose that is accompanied by a fever and thick yellow/green drainage, please keep your student at home. If your student has a runny nose from allergies or a common cold, they may come to school.

We hope that these guidelines will help you in determining when your student should stay home from school and when it is ok for them to attend. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
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