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Sick Day Guidelines

Should I keep my child home or send him/her to school?

Keeping your child home is advised if he or she is having illness symptoms that would prevent him or her from participating in school. For additional information, please contact your school nurse.  

You should keep your child home from school if he or she:

  • Has a fever of 100 degrees or higher
  • Has been vomiting  
  • Has had diarrhea
  • Has very red, irritated eyes with drainage, crusting or pain.
  • Has a rash of unknown origin that has not yet been evaluated by a medical provider
  • Has a severe sore throat
  • Has a constant or productive cough that may be accompanied by headache and body aches 

24 hour and Next Day Rule: FEVER

Keep your child home until his/her fever has been gone without the aid of fever-reducing medication for 24 hours. If sent home from school for this, keep home the next school day. VOMITING OR DIARRHEA:  Keep your child home for 24 hours after the last time he or she has vomited or had diarrhea and is eating a normal diet. If sent home from school for this, keep home the next school day. ANTIBIOTICS:  Keep your child home at least 24 hours after the first dose of antibiotic

Illness Prevention

  • Hand washing prevents the spread of disease and illness.  Wash hands frequently using soap and water, especially before eating, after using the bathroom and after handling pets.
  • Keep your child’s immunizations up to date.  • Make sure he/she has routine well-child exams.  
  • Flu vaccinations are recommended for everyone from children aged 6 months through adult. Teach your child to do the following when ill:
  • Cough and sneeze into their elbow.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth as that can spread germs.
  • Stay home  

How can I help my  child feel better

  • Encourage plenty of rest
  • Encourage increased fluids like water, soup, juice, and ice.  
  • Limit TV watching    

Returning to school too soon may delay recovery from illness and may potentially expose others.  Please consult with a health care provider  or your school nurse for more information.