WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL
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.