If you are wondering about sending your children to school after they tell you they don’t feel well, please consider using these guidelines to help you make your decision.
- A temperature over 100°F (Please remember that Tylenol, Advil, etc. can mask the effects of a fever). It is preferable that your child be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Persistent vomiting and/or diarrhea
- A severe cold with fever, sneezing, and thickened nasal discharge
- A cough that keeps a child awake at night, worsens with increased activity, or is combined with other symptoms
- A persistent red, sore throat, especially if the tonsils are enlarged
- A severe and persistent earache
- Redness in the whites of the eyes, yellow discharge and matted lashes are symptoms of conjunctivitis (pinkeye). A doctor should be consulted, as this may be highly contagious.
- Rashes can be difficult to evaluate. If they are all over the body, blistery, oozing, or painful, they could be a sign of a contagious infection. Please check with your school nurse or your doctor before you send your child to school.
REMEMBER: These are suggested guidelines. If you are unsure whether to send your child to school, please call your physician or your school nurse.