Too Sick for School
When should your child stay home from school?
- A runny nose – the way many children respond to pollen, dust, chalk, or a change in season. Allergies are not contagious. Do not keep the child home.
- A bad cough or cold symptoms – can mean a severe cold, bronchitis, flu, or pneumonia. A run of the mill cold should not be a reason to miss school. However, if your child is “just not acting right,” has difficulty breathing, or is dehydrated, contact your doctor and keep the child home.
- Diarrhea and vomiting – if your child has repeated episodes of either, and also has a fever, rash or general weakness, consult your doctor and keep your child home.
- Fever – is an important symptom that something is wrong. Consult your doctor and keep your child home. Most doctors recommend that the child be “fever free” for 24 hours before they return to school.
- Strep throat and scarlet fever – are highly contagious.
- Your child should be seen by a doctor and should be kept home and treated with antibiotics. Usually, the child can return 24 hours after starting the antibiotic if they are fever free. A doctor’s note is required.
- Chicken pox – is also highly contagious. It is important that your child stay home for at least a week from the time you notice the first symptoms, and at least two days after the last spot has appeared and all lesions are dry. Please let the school know that your child has chicken pox. A doctor’s note is required.
- Fifth disease – is mildly contagious. It usually starts with a low grade fever and tiredness, along with a rash on the cheeks and spreading to the arms and thighs. If the only symptom is the rash, the child may come to school. A doctor’s note may be required if the child is sent home with an “undetermined” rash.
- Conjunctivitis or pink eye – is highly contagious. If your child complains of itching, burning or a white discharge from the eyes, consult your doctor. A doctor’s note is required.
- Ear infections – if there is no fever and the child is on antibiotics for 24 hours, they may be in school.
- Impetigo – is a skin condition where a pustule ruptures and becomes crusted. A child needs to be on antibiotics for 24 hours before they return to school and a doctor’s note is required.
- Ring Worm – is a skin condition where the area becomes red, itchy and scaly in a circular spot which increases in size. Medication and a doctor’s note is required.
- Scabies– is a skin condition that presents as a itchy rash of the fingers, wrist and abdomen. The itching is usually worse at night. Medication and a doctor’s note is required.
We hope this helps.
Again, if you have any questions or concerns – please call your child’s school nurse. She will be glad to help you with information.