When Should I Keep My Child Home From School?

Attendance is very important for your child’s success in school, but there are times when it becomes necessary for him/her to stay home due to illness.

Fever

  1. Stay home if: 
    • 100 degrees or higher
    • for 24 hours after fever breaks 
  2. Temperatures can vary. Contact doctor if fever continues for more than 2 days.
  3. Do not give aspirin.

Stomach ache

  1. Stay home if:
    • diarrhea
    • vomiting
    • fever over 100 degrees
  2. Contact doctor if pain is severe and persistent.

Sore throat

  1. Stay home if:
    • fever over 100 degrees
    • rash
  2. Contact doctor when combined with fever and swollen glands.

Cold and flu

  1. Stay home if:
    • fever over 100 degrees
    • vomiting
    • diarrhea
  2. Contact doctor when combined with fever over 101 degrees, breathing problems, or persistent cough.

Earache

  1. Stay home if:
    • drainage
    • fever over 100 degrees
    • severe pain
  2. Contact doctor if severe pain persists or drainage is present.

Eye infection

  1. Stay home if eyes are:
    • red and watery
    • itchy and burning
    • sensitive to light
    • crusting
    • painful and swollen
  2. Contact doctor if above symptoms are present. Use medication 24 hours before returning to school.

Rash

  1. Stay home if:
    • fever accompanies the rash
    • blisters are present 
  2. Contact doctor is rash persists or accompanied by fever.