Is My Child Too Sick to Attend School?

    Parents are confronted with a decision to make when their child complains of not feeling well.  The guidelines here may be helpful to you.  They will not cover every medical condition and do not take the place of seeking medical attention.  Please consult your doctor for specific medical advice.

    Fever- 100 degrees or higher -  A fever is a sign of illness.  A child with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher should not attend school.  The child should be free of fever, without medication, for 24 hours before returning to school.

    Sore throat/Colds/Cough -  Minor cold symptoms are common and usually don't interfere with school attendance.  A persistent, frequent cough and/or constant nasal drainage may affect your child's performance at school, and he/she may be more comfortable at home.  Cough drops/throat lozenges may be sent into school with students with a note from a parent/guardian directing proper usage.

    Rash -  A rash may cover the entire body or only one area.  A child that has a rash that has open areas, is draining, or is causing the child to itch excessively should not attend school.  A child with a rash accompanied with other symptoms such as:  a fever, sore throat, irritability, vomiting, etc. should not attend school.  Clothing should be worn which covers rash areas if the child is cleared to attend school.

    Vomiting/Diarrhea -  A child who has vomited due to illness should wait 24 hours and be able to retain solid food before returning to school.  A child who is having diarrhea stools or has cramping or abdominal pain should not attend school.

    *******REMEMBER:  Any absence of 3 or more consecutive days requires a doctor's excuse.*******


Last Modified on August 28, 2013