When to Keep Your Child at Home


 Please seriously evaluate your child’s health and ability to be productive in school when he/she complains of headache, stomach pain, sore throat or cold symptoms—without fever. Children often have no fever in the morning. Temperatures may rise as the day progresses. If the ailment is a minor one, a day or two of rest at home may eliminate the symptoms. If the ailment is more serious, resting at home may help to prevent complications. In any event, keep the sick child home for his or her benefit, and to prevent spread of germs to other students and staff. The following signs and symptoms are forerunners of many different diseases:

  • Fever (until fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications)
  • Chills
  • Red, watery, or itchy eyes with or without discharge, and/or swollen eyelids
  • Rash or skin eruptions anywhere on the body
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting (no vomiting for 24 hours before return)
  • Diarrhea (no diarrhea for 24 hours before return)
  • Sore throat
  • Enlarged glands
  • Excessive coughing
  • Body aches
  • Stuffy or runny nose
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