When Is My Child Too Sick For School? 
 
 
It’s not uncommon for children to get viral illnesses 10-12 times per year, and these symptoms can last a week or more. As a parent/guardian this can make the decision of when to send your child to school and when to keep them home a difficult one. Our goal with these guidelines is to make sure your child is healthy enough to participate in active learning at school, and to keep the other students in their classrooms healthy. 

 

Good to Go!

If your child has any of the following symptoms, they can go to school:

  • Sniffles, runny nose and/or mild cough without a fever. This could be an allergic response to dust, pollen or seasonal changes.
  • Vague complaints of aches, pains or fatigue

Stay Home!

If your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep them at home or make appropriate child care arrangements:

  • Fever – 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Remember that a child must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Eyes – thick with mucus, pus draining, pink eye. With pink eye you may see white or yellow discharge, matted eyelids after sleep, eye pain and/or redness.
  • Chronic Cough and/or green nasal discharge – These conditions may be contagious and require treatment.
  • Sore throat – especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck. With Strep throat, the child may return to school after 24 hours on antibiotics.
  • Diarrhea – two or more watery stools in a 24 hour period
  • Vomiting – two or more times in a 24 hour period