When Should I Keep My Child Home

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.  If you are keeping your child home from school, please call and notify your school nurse on the day of absence.