When to keep your child home … a message from the health room

  • Deciding when a child is too sick to go to school can be a difficult decision for families to make.  When trying to decide, use these guidelines:

     

    Go to School:  If your child has any of the following, they should probably go to school:

    • Sniffles, runny nose and a mild cough without a fever (this could be an allergic response to dust, pollen or seasonal changes).
    • Vague complaints of aches, pains or fatigue.

     

    Stay at Home:  If your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep your child at home:

    • Chicken Pox:  Children must stay home until all pox have scabs.  Call the school to report that your child is out with this illness.

    • Communicable/Contagious Illness:  Do not send a child to school with a contagious illness such as Impetigo, Staph or MRSA. Your child can return to school when on an antibiotic or appropriate medication for 24 hours, or with a note from your health care provider stating your child is no longer contagious. Call the school if your child has any of these conditions.

    • Cough:  Do not send a child to school with a nagging or deep cough.

    • Diarrhea:  Do not send a child to school with any unexplained watery stools, especially if the child acts or looks ill.  Your child must stay home for at least 24 hours after the last watery stool.

    • Ear Pain:  Consult with your health care provider.  Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.

    • Eyes: Do not send a child to school with thick discharge, pus draining from the eye. Call the school if your child has bacterial pink eye. Your child can return to school when on an antibiotic or appropriate medication for 24 hours, or with a note from your health care provider stating your child is no longer contagious.
    • Fever:  The best way to check for a fever is with a thermometer.  No child with a temperature over 100.4 degrees should be sent to school. The child should be fever free for 24 hours (without fever reducing medicine such as Tylenol or Motrin) before returning to school.

    • Lice:  Head lice must be treated. Student must be brought into the health room by the parent/guardian for re-check prior to returning to the classroom. Do not send them on the bus.  Call the school if your child has lice.

    • Scabies:  Students may return to school 24 hours after treatment has begun.  Call the school if your child has scabies.

    • Rash:  Do not send a child with a new rash or open sore to school until your health care provider has said that it is safe to do so. All open sores must be covered and drainage contained prior to returning to school.

    • Sore Throat:  If your child has a sore throat and white spots can be seen in the back of the throat or a fever is present, keep your child at home and call your health care provider. With strep throat your child may return to school after 24 hours of antibiotics.

    • Vomiting:  Do not send a child to school if vomiting two or more times in a 24 hour period or once if other symptoms are present (fever, lethargy or nausea). Your child must stay home until symptom free for 24 hours.

     

    If you have questions, contact the health room staff at your child’s school or the District's Health Services Department at (253) 891-6060.

Too sick for school