When to keep your child at home

It is important to maintain a healthy environment in the classroom to protect all students. Please seriously evaluate your child's health and ability to be productive in school when he or she complains of a headache, stomach pain, sore throat, or cold symptoms without a fever. Children often have no fever in the morning, but, as the day progresses, can develop a fever. Keeping your sick child home will help him/her recover sooner and will help to prevent the spread of germs to others. The following symptoms may indicate a contagious illness. Your child should be kept at home if any of the following occur:

• Fever of 100° or higher the night prior to or the morning of school; student must be fever-free   

   for 24-hours before returning to school without the use of Tylenol, Motrin, or other fever

   reducing medication

 • Headache unrelieved by Tylenol  or Ibuprofen.

• Vomiting and/or diarrhea within the past 24 hours; Unless vomiting can be associated with a

    factor specific to a non-contagious illness, students must be vomit/diarrhea-free for  24- 

    hours before returning to school.

• Sore throat lasting 2-3 days; a visit to the doctor may be needed to rule out strep throat.

• Drainage from the eyes, puffy eyes, and/or crusty eyes

• Excessive coughing unrelieved by cough drops or cough medicine.

 • Rash (unless determined to be non-communicable by a physician)

• Abdominal pain

• Dizziness or chills

• Stiff neck or headache not caused by an accident or fall

Having your sick child rest at home with any of the above conditions will likely help with his/her recovery. It will also help to prevent the spread of germs to other students and staff members.