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Illness Care

Should I keep my child home or send him or her to school?

Please keep your child home if he or she:

  • Has a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher
  • Has been vomiting or has had diarrhea in the past 24 hours
  • Has symptoms that prevent him or her from participating in school, such as:

  • Excessive tiredness or lack of appetite
  • Productive coughing, sneezing or needing their inhaler excessively for breathing difficulties
  • Headache, body aches, earache
  • Sore throat

A minor sore throat is usually not a problem, but a severe sore throat could be strep throat even if there is no fever. Other symptoms of strep throat in children are headache and stomach upset. Contact your pediatrician as your child needs a special test to determine if it is strep throat.

*Keep your child home until his or her fever has been gone for 24 hours without medication. Colds can be contagious for at least 48 hours. Returning to school too soon may slow the recovery process and expose others unnecessarily to illness.



Please click here for information on how to take care of someone sick in your home.

For Care of Fever

http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/children/parents/common/common/069.printerview.html

 

For Care of Vomiting & Diarrhea

http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/children/parents/common/stomach/196.printerview.html

 

For Care of Head Lice
See related file below

MRSA Information

http://www.cdc.gov/mrsa/prevent/personal.html  

 

Concussion Checklist English

http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/pdf/TBI_schools_checklist_508-a.pdf      

 

Concussion Checklist in Spanish

http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/pdf/TBI_checklist_spanish-a.pdf