Should you send them to school?

It's often hard to know when your child is too sick to go to school. Consult the chart below to find out what to do. (For your reference, you can download a copy of this chart here.)

House = Keep at home

School = Send to school

Medical Care = See health care provider

IF ... THEN ...

Fever of 100° in the last 24 hours

Severe, frequent cough, difficulty breathing House
Vomits multiple times in last 24 hours House
Flu-like symptoms (fever, body aches) that affect student's ability to participate in his or her normal activities House
Diarrhea with stomach pains and/or cramping House
Earache with no fever School
Minor cold: runny nose, cough, sneezing, sore throat School
Vague "I don't feel good" symptoms School
Lice - live bugs seen on scalp House
Lice - no live bugs seen, but nits (tiny white eggs) are present School
Strep throat diagnosed by health care providergold star icon School
Undiagnosed skin rash. Medical Care
Eye infection Medical Care
Headache or stomachache - make sure your child has eaten and has had plenty of fluids, and talk with your child about possible stressors School

gold star icon Antibiotics - Children placed on antibiotics by their health care provider should be on them for a FULL 24 hours before returning to school, unless otherwise specified by the health care provider.

If you are still unsure about what to do, please contact your child's primary care provider or your school nurse.

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