When Should I Keep My Child Home?
We understand raising children in this day and age is difficult to say the least. With so many gray areas and questions, we thought it'd be helpful to put together some guidelines to help you through. Here are the guidelines we recommend for sending your child to school. If you have questions, please call your school nurse, doctor, or other health care provider.
COLD, SORE THROAT, COUGH
Your child may go to school when he or she has ALL of the following:
- has only mild cold symptoms (cough, sneeze, runny/congested nose), or no cold symptoms.
- has a normal temperature (under 100.4 degrees).
- has enough energy to do school work.
- can keep from spreading germs by washing their hands (throwing away used tissues, coughing onto their sleeve, and coughing away from other people).
- Has been taking antibiotics for MORE than 24 hours (or is not taking any antibiotics).
Your child may NOT go to school when he or she:
- has a fever (temperature over 100.4 degrees) or needs fever-reducing medicine. Your child may return to school as long as their temperature has been less than 100.4 for at least 24 hours without Tylenol or ibuprofen.
- has been taking antibiotics for less than 24 hours.
Your child must have a normal temperature (under 100.4 degrees) for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine (such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen) before returning to school.
Keep your child home if the white part of their eye is red and there is a yellow or green crust, or gooey stuff in the eye. If your child has Pink Eye (conjunctivitis) they must stay home until they have been using antibiotic eye medication for 24 hours or more. Pink eye can spread easily.
Keep your child home if they have a rash that is oozing or if it is contagious. (A trip to the pediatrician may be needed to determine the rash)
Keep your child home if they have diarrhea (3 or more loose or watery bowel movements) or if they are vomiting.
With your help, we can have a healthy, safe environment for all students. Remember, wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands.
Wondering where to obtain medications for a child who lost their insurance and needs medications while applying for Medical Assistance?
Walmart offers a $4 prescription program on certain medications. For more information about this program please click on the website.