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Guidelines for Keeping Sick Children Home

Each day many parents are faced with the decision:  should they keep their sick children at home or send them to school?  Often the way a child looks and acts can make the decision an obvious one.  The following guidelines should be considered when making the decision:


  • FEVER: The child should remain home with a fever greater than 100 degrees. The child can return to school after

             he/she has been fever free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medicine such as Tylenol or Motrin).


  • Diarrhea/Vomiting:  A child with diarrhea and/or vomiting should stay home and return to school only after being symptom free for 24 hours.


  • Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye):  Following a diagnosis of conjuntiviitis, the child may return to school 24 hours after the first dose

              of prescribed medication.


  • Rashes:  Common infectious diseases with rashes are most contagious in the early stages.  A child with a suspicious

              rash should return to school only after a health care provider has made a diagnosis and authorized a child's return to school.



  • Colds:  A child with thick or constant nasal discharge should remain home.  Very few younger children can effectively blow

              their nose and wash their hands afterward.  A child with the above symptoms will quickly spread the illness to other children.



A sick child cannot learn effectively and is unable to paritcipate in classes in a meaningful way.  Keeping a sick child home prevents the spread of illness in the school community and allows the child opportunity to rest and recover.