Know When to Keep Your Sick Child Home

Know When to Keep Your Sick Child Home

To go or not to go – every parent struggles with this question when faced with a sick (or not-so-sick) child. For help deciding, use this handy chart, check the school handbook, or check with the school nurse first.

Children will only be given medication at school that the parent has provided along with a physician’s order and written permission from the parent. See page 21 of the Student Handbook.

Symptom What it could be Stay Home Go to School Why
Nausea/

stomachache

Conditions that include indigestion,

nervousness, hunger, sinus drainage

 

   

 X

If you’ve been up with your child for an hour, and he has not thrown up or had diarrhea, he should be able to go to school.
Vomiting or

Diarrhea

 

Food poisoning or a stomach virus

 X

  Your child is better off resting at home.
Runny nose Cold, allergies  

 X

Colds and allergies strike too often to keep your child home every time he or she has symptoms.

 

Sore throat Cold, sinus drainage

or strep throat

 

 X

If he doesn’t have a fever and his throat doesn’t look red (which could be strep throat),

he can go to school.

 

Fever Usually a viral or bacterial infection

 

 X

  Your child’s temperature will likely rise in the afternoon.
Cough Congestion or bronchitis  

 X

It’s likely she can go to school, but if the cough has lasted longer than five to seven days and she sounds congested, call the doctor.

 

Blister-like-rash Chicken pox

 X

  The virus is highly contagious; call the doctor right away.

 

 

Itchy scalp Lice

X

  To keep other kids from getting it, your child must stay home but can return after he has been treated and is nit free. Refer to page 22 of the Student Handbook.
Itchy red eyes; crusty discharge Pink eye

 X

  She should stay home until the doctor has given her medication.

 

 

Lacey Pigeon, RN-School Nurse Phone (601) 796-7443