Sick Day Guidelines
Making the RIGHT CALL when your child is SICK:
Should I keep my child home or send him/her to school?
SCHOOL POLICY (AND/OR STATE LAW) REQUIRES A CHILD TO STAY HOME IF HE/SHE:
- Has a fever of 100 degrees or higher
- Has been vomitting or diarrhea
- Has symptoms that keep your child from participating in school such as:
- Cough that he/she cannot control
- Sore throat- a little sore throat is ok for school, but a bad sore throat could be strep, even if there is no fever. Other signs of strep throat in children are headaches, upset stomach, or skin rash. Call your doctor if your child has these signs. A special culture test is needed to know if it is a Positive Strep Throat.
24 HOUR RULE
- FEVER: Keep your child home until his/her fever has been gone WITHOUT medication for 72 hours. Colds can be contagious for at least 48 hours. Returning to school too soon may slow recovery and make others sick.
- VOMITTING OR DIARRHEA: Keep your child home for 24 hours or after the LAST time he/she vommitted or had diarrhea for additional 24 hours.
- ANTIBIOTICS: Keep your child home for 24 hours after the FIRST DOSE of antibiotics.
We often have many children coming to school sick, and each one is passing their sickness to others. Please help others from becoming sick by keeping your child home.
For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact the school nurse.