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When to Keep a Child Home with Illness

It can be hard to know when to send a child to school if they tell you that they do not feel well. There are occasions when keeping a child at home to rest or to call for an appointment with your healthcare provider is recommended.


Please keep your child home and/or contact your child’s doctor for any of the following:

· Fever greater than 100.5

· Vomiting and/or diarrhea within the last 24 hours

· Severe sore throat along with fever and feeling ill or after exposure to strep throat infection

· Honey crusted sores around the nose, mouth or rash on other body parts

· Large amounts of mucous (liquid) from the nose with face pain or headache

· Severe ear pain or fluid coming from the ear

· Severe headache, especially with a fever

· Persistent cough


If your child has a fever, it is not a good idea to send them to school after giving them anti-fever medication because

· As soon as the medicine wears off the fever may return, and you will be called to come and pick up your child.

· It is best for the child to be home and/or contact their healthcare provider for guidance

· It is best for the child’s classmates and the school community to not have any infections spread


Please keep your child home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication


It has been 24 hours since they started medication (such as an antibiotic) if prescribed by their healthcare provider


Remind children to throw away used tissues, cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze, keep their hands away from their face and to wash hands often with soap and water to keep our school community healthier.


Please contact the Registered Nurse in your child’s building with any questions or concerns:

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