Is My Child Too Sick for School?

Your child is too sick to attend school when they:
  • Are unusually tired, pale, has a lack of appetite, are difficult to wake, confused, or irritable. 
  • Have red eyes: Thick mucous or pus draining from the eye. Itchy eyes that have crust on eyelids after sleep, may need to be evaluated by a physician for "pink eye" or conjunctivitis. 
  • Have a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. A child must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. 
  • Have a sore throat, with a fever or swollen glands in the neck. (If a child has strep throat they are able to return to school after 24 hours of appropriate treatment.) 
  • Have diarrhea, three or more loose stools in a 24-hour period. 
  • Are vomiting, two or more times within 24 hours. 
  • Have a rash, especially with a fever, itching, or swelling. 
  • Any ear pain with a fever should be evaluated by a physician. 
Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss! If your child has Lice or Scabies, they may not return to school until they have been treated. Cases of Chicken Pox require that children must remain home for five days after the beginning of blisters, or until all pox are scabbed over and dry.
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