When should I keep my child home because of illness?

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Often the way a child looks and acts can make the decision to keep your child home an obvious one. The following guidelines should be considered when making the decision.

If your child has:

Fever  - The child should remain at home with a fever greater than 100.  The child can return to school after he/she has been fever free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medicine such as Tylenol or Motrin).

Diarrhea/Vomiting - A child with diarrhea and/or vomiting should stay at home and return to school only after being symptom free for 24 hours.

Conjunctivitis - Following g a diagnosis of conjunctivitis, the child may return to school 24 hours after the first dose of prescribed medication.

Rashes - Common infectious diseases with rashes are most contagious in the early stages.  A child with a suspicious rash should return to school only after a health care provider has made a diagnosis and authorized the child's return to school.

Colds - Consider keeping your child at home if he/she is experiencing significant discomfort from cold symptoms, such as nasal congestion and cough.  A continuous green discharge from the nose may be a sign of infection.  Consider having the child seen by your health care provider.

A sick child cannot learn effectively and is unable to participate in classes in a meaningful way.  In addition, keeping a sick child home prevents the spread of illness in the school community and allows the child opportunity to rest and recover. Remember the essentials of good health are good nutrition, plentiful fluids, regular exercise and plenty of rest.  If your son/daughter develops a communicable disease or condition, (e.g. chicken pox, strep-throat, scarlet fever, fifth's disease, or head lice) please notify your school nurse. This will enable us to monitor your child's progress and other student/staff exposure.

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