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How Sick Is Too Sick for School?

How Sick Is Too Sick for School?

In general, children are too sick to come to school when:

  • They are contagious.

  • Their symptoms are serious enough to prevent them from focusing on the tasks they need to do there.

 

Use this checklist to determine whether to keep your child home from school.

 

QUESTIONS:

YES

NO

  1. Does your child have a fever of 100 degrees or higher?

   
  1. Has your child vomited two or more times in a 24-hour period?

   
  1. Does your child have diarrhea?

   
  1. If your child complains of a sore throat, is it accompanied by fever, headache, stomachache, or swollen glands?

   
  1. If your child complains of a stomach ache, is it accompanied by fever, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, sharp pain, and/or hard belly?

   
  1. Does your child have a persistent, phlegmy cough?

   

 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please keep your child home from school and consider seeking medical attention. Your child could have a serious or contagious illness. Keep your child home until he or she has been symptom free for at least 24 hours or until the doctor indicates that he or she can return to school.

 

If children have a cold, headache, or stomachache that is not accompanied by fever, vomiting, or diarrhea, they can probably come to school. If children have a rash, it could be contagious.

 

Please seek medical advice before allowing your child to come to school. Earaches are not contagious. Children can come to school as long as they can concentrate on their work. Once your child has been treated for lice, he or she can return to school.