Should My Child Stay Home From School?
Every effort should be made to attend school. The following suggestions are intended to help parents determine when a student should not attend school:
- If your child has a temperature of 100.0 degrees or higher.
- If having your child at school would significantly put others at risk for contracting your child's illness.
- If your child feels ill enough that he/she would not be able to benefit from being at school.
- If your child has a "heavy" cold and hacking cough, he/she belongs home in bed, even though he/she has no fever.
- If your child complains of a slight sore throat and has not had other symptoms, child may go to school. If white spots can be seen in the back of the throat or if a fever is present, keep him/her at home and call your doctor.
- A rash may be the first sign of one of childhood's many illness, such as chicken pox or measles. A rash or "spot" may cover the entire body or may appear in only one area. Please do not send a child to school with a rash or skin eruption until your doctor has said it is safe to.
- If your child has diarrhea, a stomach ache, or is vomiting. Consult your doctor if your child has a stomach ache, which is persistent or severe enough to limit child's activity. If vomiting occurs, keep your child home until child can keep food down. A child with diarrhea should be kept home. Call your doctor if prompt improvement does not occur.
- If your child has a toothache: Contact your dentist.
- If your child has an earache: Consult your doctor immediately.