Most Common Reasons Children Should Stay Home From School
- Fever of 100 degrees or more. Remain home for 24 hours after fever is gone without using fever reducing medication. When your child has a fever, do not give a fever-reducing medication and send your child to school.
- Vomiting and Diarrhea. Stay home 24 hours after last episode and encourage fluids.
- Sore Throat. Strep may be present, even without a fever. A person with a strep infection may have a headache, and stomachache. If your child has been tested positive for strep, your child must stay home for 24 hours after antibiotics have been started and symptoms (yellow drainage and tearing) subside.
- Runny nose and cough. A child who is feeling run down, not sleeping well due to a cold, or actively sneezing or coughing is not going to be able to pay attention and learn.
- Earaches. Take your child to a doctor if the earache lasts more than a day, and if pain is severe with or without a fever.
- Skin rash. Take your child to a doctor for a diagnosis and treatment. Treatment must be given for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Pink eye. If the white of your child's eye is red and has any drainage, you should keep them home and contact the child's doctor. If pink eye is diagnosed, the child must stay home until they have been on an antibiotic treatment for 24 hours.
- Head Lice. Children who are found to have head lice at home must be treated before coming to school. Please contact the school nurse for more directions. Your child should not miss more than 1 day!
Suggestions to Prevent Illness
- Make sure your child gets enough sleep at night
- Eat a well balanced diet of low fat and low sugar foods.
- Wash hands with soap and water frequently, especially before eating.
- Provide an environment that is physically and emotionally safe.
- Get daily exercise.
- Teach your child to cough and sneeze in their elbow.