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Too Sick For School

Deciding when a child is too sick to go to school and too sick for after school programs can be a difficult decision for parents to make. When trying to decide, use these guidelines to help make the best decision.

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IF YOUR CHILD HAS ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS,THEY CAN PROBABLY 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
  • Single episode of diarrhea or vomiting without any other symptoms

IF YOUR CHILD HAS ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS, PLEASE KEEP THEM AT HOME, MAKE APPROPRIATE CHILD CARE ARRANGEMENTS, AND/OR SEEK A MEDICAL EVALUATION FROM A HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IF NEEDED:

  • Appearance, behavior – Unusually tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused or irritable.
  • Chronic cough and/or green nasal discharge – These conditions may be contagious and require treatment.
  • Fever – 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Remember that a child must be fever free for 24 hours WITHOUT the use of fever-reducing medication before returning to school.
  • Diarrhea – three or more watery stools in a 24 hour period.
  • Eyes – White or yellow drainage, vision change, and/or redness of the eyelid or skin around the eye, itchiness, pain or sensitivity to light. This may be a sign of “pink eye” (conjunctivitis) and need medical evaluation.