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To School or Not To School


DO NOT send your child to school if ANY of these signs or symptoms has occurred in the previous 24 hours:

  • Vomiting, nausea, and abdominal pain
  • Elevated temperature (100° or higher)
  • Repeated diarrhea
  • Acute cold with thick nasal drainage, sore throat or persistent cough
  • Red or inflamed eyes, or discharge from eyes
  • Unusual lethargic behavior
  • Frequent asthma attacks that are not responsive to normal medication

There will be times when it is difficult to tell when your child is too ill to go to school. Like adults, children have very different tolerances to discomfort or illness. Even the common cold affects everyone differently. If your child is coughing continuously, he or she will not be able to concentrate and will disrupt others in the classroom. A day of rest at home combined with lots of fluid speeds their recovery.

If you decide to send your child to school when he or she is on the “borderline” of being ill, it is a good idea to call your school nurse. BE SURE to let the school know where you can be contacted in case your child’s condition worsens.

If your child is diagnosed with:

  1. Strep throat – Individuals must have 24 hours of antibiotics and be fever-free before returning to school
  2. Pink eye (conjunctivitis) – Individuals must have 24 hours of antibiotic eye drops and be without symptoms before returning

CONTACT YOUR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN FOR QUESTIONS.