Sick Day Guidelines:
Making the Right Call
When Your Child Is Sick:
Should I keep my child home or send him or her to school?
School policy (and/or state law) requires a child to stay home if he or she:
· Has a fever of 100.0° or higher
· Has been vomiting or has diarrhea
· Has symptoms that keep your child from participating in school, such as:
o Very tired or lack of appetite
o Cough that he or she cannot control, sneezing often
o Headache, body aches, or earache
o Sore Throat – a little sore throat is ok for school, but a bad sore throat could be strep throat, even if there is no fever. Other signs of strep throat, in children are a headache and upset stomach, or rash. Call your doctor if your child has these signs. A special test is needed to know if it is strep throat.
· Keep your child home if he or she is coughing or sneezing often because this spread the sickness to others.
24 Hour Rule
· FEVER: Keep your child home until his or her FEVER has been gone WITHOUT medicine for 24 hours. Colds can be contagious for at least 48 hours. Returning to school too soon may slow recovery and make others sick.
· VOMITING OR DIARRHEA: Keep your child home for 24 hours after the LAST time he or she vomited or had diarrhea.
· ANTIBIOTICS: Keep your child home until 24 hours after the FIRST dose of antibiotics for anything like ear infection or strep throat.
We often have many children and adults with colds coming to school, and each one is passing their sickness to others. Please help others from becoming sick by keeping your child home during their illness.