Sick Children Guidelines 

Let them stay or make them go??? That is an early morning decision many parents are faced with during the school year and especially during cold and flu season.  There are those times when it is definitely difficult to decide whether or not to send your child to school in the morning.

The following guidelines may offer you some help in your decision.

1.  ‘I don't feel good!' Really take a good look at your child.  Does he appear flushed, feverish?  Is he pale?  Are his eyes dull or red?  Is he complaining of a headache?  Stomach ache?  Does he have a persistent cough?  Does he appear weak, listless, doesn't want to eat?  If so, it is best to keep him home.

2.  Fever. A good rule - if a child has any fever at all, it is best to keep her home.  It is not uncommon for the fever to increase as the day goes on and it will be necessary for her to be sent home from school anyway.  Another guideline to follow is a child should be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school.  For any temperature over 100 degrees oral, keep your child at home.

3.  Headaches, persistent coughs and stomach aches. We find, especially during flu season, most students coming to school with these symptoms will need to go home before the day is over.

4.  Vomiting and/or diarrhea. Keep them home!!   Vomiting and/or diarrhea are not considered normal.  They are usually an indication that your child is ill.  Keep him home until he is free of these symptoms for at least 24 hours after the episode.

5.  The ‘better fast' symptom. Physical complaints that quickly ‘disappear' once a decision is made for the child to stay home may suggest that there is some emotional cause behind the ‘illness'.  Talk with you child and try to sort out fears, misunderstandings, problems at school.  Talk with your child's teacher and work together to find a solution.

6.  Eye drainage (‘pink eye'). Pink or red whites of the eye with white or yellow discharge which causes matting of the eyelids can be highly contagious.  Once antibiotic treatment is started, students may return to school unless they are unable to keep their hands away from their eyes and pose a risk to other students.

7. Rash. Keep your child home until a medical exam indicates the rash is not that of a communicable disease such as chicken pox, fifth disease, strep throat, etc .

8. Strep throat .  Children need to stay at home for 24 hours after antibiotic treatment begins and they are without a fever.

We hope these guidelines will be helpful to you.  Thank you for your cooperation in helping to keep our schools a healthy place to be!  When you do keep your child home, please remember to call the school.