Guidelines for Parents
WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL
In order to be able to control communicable diseases in school, it is important to keep your child home when sick. This not only benefits your child but other children and staff in the classroom at school. Use the guidelines listed below should your child become sick, and do not hesitate to seek the advice of your healthcare provider.
Check your child every morning before sending him/her to school or childcare for any of the following influenza-like symptoms. If you are unsure of any symptoms, contact your school nurse for further guidance before sending your child to school.
- Fever of 100 F or above
- Sore Throat
- Achy Body
- Vomiting and/or Diarrhea
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY CHILD HAS ANY OF THESE SIGNS?
If your child has any of these symptoms when it is time for school, it is best that she/he stay home. NOTE: If your child has BOTH a fever of 100° F or more AND a sore throat or cough, it may be the flu. Report these symptoms immediately to your healthcare provider and to your child's school.
WHEN MY CHILD MAY RETURN TO SCHOOL AFTER AN ILLNESS?
Generally, your child may return to school when he/she is symptom free of an illness. However, there may be times when it is necessary for your child to see your health care provider before returning to school.
Any child with a fever above 100°F with flu-like illness must stay home at least 24 hours after their fever is gone, without using fever-reducing medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen; and, regardless of whether or not they are using antiviral drugs as the CDC recommends BEFORE returning to school. A child that misses three consecutive school days must present a doctor’s note in order to return to school.
Please call your school nurse if you have any questions regarding a specific condition.
WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS SOMETHING OTHER THAN THE FLU?
If your child has been diagnosed with a different disease such as strep throat, bronchitis, etc., follow your health care provider's recommendation, when to return to school along with Dr. note.