Is my child too ill to attend school?
Parents are often confronted with this decision when their child complains of not feeling well. These guidelines may be helpful. They do not cover every medical condition and do not take the place of seeking medical attention. Please consult your doctor for specific medical advice.
Fever - 100 degrees or higher- A fever is a sign of illness. A child with a temprerature of 100 degrees or higher should not attend school. The child should be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.
Sore Throat/Colds/Cough- Minor cold symptoms are common and usually don not interfere with school attendance. A persistant.frequent cough and/or constant nasal drainage may affect your child's performance at school, and he/she may be more comfortable at home.
Rash- A rash may coverr the entire body or only one area. A child that has a rash that is draining, has open areas or is causeing the child to itch excessively should not attend school. A rash accompanied with other symptoms such as: a fever, sore throat, irritability, vomiting, etc. should not attend school.
Vomiting/Diarrhea- A child who has vomited should wait 24 hours and be able to retain solid foods before returning to school. A child who is having frequent diarrhea stools should not attend school. If there is cramping/abdominal pain with diarrhea, the student may be more comfortable at home.
If your child comes home with head lice, don't panic! Millions of school children contract head lice each year. Children play in close contact with each other. A simple exchange of hats, clothing, brushes, combs, and other personal articles can result in transmission of head lice from one child to another. Lice can be easily and effectively treated. You should ask your pharmacist for an effective head lice shampoo or ask your doctor for advice.