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WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL

about 1 year ago

Please keep your child home if he/she has any of the following:

  •  fever of 100.4 F (37.8 C) in the past 24 hours
  • a fever accompanied by any one of the following: cough, runny nose or sore throat (flu like symptoms)
  • your child has needed Tylenol or Ibuprofen to control fever for past 24 hours
  • strep throat-if awaiting culture results or less than 24 hours of antibiotic treatment
  • vomiting or diarrhea in past 24 hours
  • an undiagnosed rash
  • suspected conjunctivitis (pink eye)

 Tips for managing a sick child at home:

  • Use a thermometer to accurately measure body temperature, not the back of your hand.
  • Body temperature is lowest upon waking and gradually increases throughout the day, so 4-5pm is a good time to check for fever.
  • If your child wakes with a headache, a fever may be present; check temperature. Waking to a headache is a good indicator of sickness for children.
  • Wash hands before eating and after using toilet.
  • Do not share food, eating utensils or drinks with family members who are sick.

if you are not able to stay home with your sick child, please have a back-up plan ready to avoid sending a sick child to school.

 

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