When to keep your child home from school

Is my kid sick?? When to keep your child home from school.

  • Fever. Keep home any child with a fever greater than 100 degrees orally. Don’t send your child back to school until they have been fever-free for 24 hours
  • Rash. Keep a child with an unexplained rash or a rash with a fever at home. (Seek medical evaluation!)
  • Colored drainage from the eyes, ears, nose, mouth or any part of the body is a reason to keep your child at home. Don’t send them back until the discharge is gone or the child has been on antibiotics for 24 hours.
  • Vomiting. Don’t send a child to school if they have vomited in the past 24 hours.
  • Diarrhea. If your child has had three episodes of diarrhea in the past 24 hours, keep them home.
  • Cough. A cough that is productive of colored mucous would fall under the colored drainage category above. Teach your child to cough into their bent elbow and use good hand washing.
  • Sore throat. Any sore throat accompanied by a fever needs to be evaluated by your doctor or clinic for strep. Any cases of strep throat need to be treated with antibiotics for 24 hours before your child returns to school.

If you ever have a question about whether your child should be in school, or if their symptoms would require a doctor visit, I would be happy to advise you, just give me a call at the school.