Sick Day Guidelines

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Sick Day Guidelines: 

Making the Right Call When Your Child Is Sick: 


The State and Local health departments encourage you to stay home if you are sick. This is the most effective way to prevent spreading germs. The cold season is here and the Flu is already wide spread. The Flu can be recognized by its sudden onset which differentiates it from a cold.

Please keep your child home when he or she:

  • ♦  Has a fever of 101.0 degrees or higher

  • ♦  Has been vomiting or has diarrhea

  • ♦  Keep your child home until “24 HOURS” after last VOMITING or DIARRHEA

    episode.

  • ♦  Has symptoms that would keep him or her from participating comfortably in school, such as:

o Feelsverytiredorlackofappetite
o Hasacoughthatheorshecannotcontrol,sneezingoften
o Hasheadache,bodyaches,orearache
o SoreThroat—aminorsorethroatisokforschool,butaseveresore

throat could be strep throat, even if there is no fever. Other symptoms of strep throat in children are headache and stomach upset, or rash that accompanies the sore throat. Call your doctor if your child has these symptoms. A special test (throat culture) is needed to know if it is strep throat

  • ♦  Keep your child home if he or she is coughing or sneezing frequently as he or she is spreading his cold to others. (Colds can be contagious for at least 48 hours; returning to school too soon may slow recovery and expose other people unnecessarily to illness).

  • ♦  Keep your child home until his or her fever has been gone for “24 hours” without medicine.

    Please help others from becoming sick by keeping your child home during the worst of his or her illness.