When to Keep a Child Home with Illness

  • It can be hard to know when to send children to school if they tell you that they do not feel well.  Usually, the best place for them is in school, but there are times when keeping them home to rest or making a call for an appointment with your healthcare provider is recommended.

    Please keep your young person home and/or seek medical attention when: 

      • Fever greater than 100.4°  (taken by mouth)
      • New loss of taste and smell
      • Difficulty breathing (for scholars with asthma, a change from their baseline breathing)
      • Cough (for scholars with chronic cough due to allergies or asthma, a change in their cough from baseline).
      • Vomiting and/or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
      • Severe sore throat along with fever and feeling ill, or after exposure to Strep throat infection or COVID-19
      • Honey-crusted sores around the nose or mouth or rash on other body parts 
      • Large amounts of mucous (liquid) from their nose, with face pain or headache
      • Severe ear pain or fluid coming from the ear
      • New onset of severe headache, body aches, especially with  fever

    If your young person has a fever, it is not a good idea to give them medicine like Tylenol or Advil and send them to school, because as soon as the medicine wears off, the fever may return and you will be called to come to school, as any young person with a fever must be sent home. 

    Please keep children home for 24 hours after the fever ends or they have completed 24 hours of medication if prescribed by your healthcare provider.

    If you find your young person is frequently asking to stay home from school, if they are falling behind or appear anxious about school, or if there does not appear to be any physical symptoms, contact your school nurse and your health care provider to discuss your concerns.  

    Remind children to throw away used tissues, cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze, keep their hands away from their face, and to wash their hands often with soap and warm water will help keep everyone healthier.

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