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Is my child too ill to attend school?

Parents are often confronted with this decision when their child complains of not feeling well. The guidelines shown here may be helpful. It will not cover every medical condition and does not take the place of seeking medical attention. Please consult your doctor for specific medical advice.

FEVER – 100.4 degrees or higher: A fever is a sign of illness. A child with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher should not attend school.

VOMITING / DIARRHEA: Your child needs to be free of vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school.  A child who is having frequent diarrhea stools should not attend school.

SORE THROAT / COLDS / COUGH: Minor cold symptoms (including mild sore throat) are common and usually don’t interfere with school attendance. However, a persistent, frequent cough and/or constant nasal drainage may affect your child’s performance at school, and he/she may be more comfortable at home.

RASH: A rash may cover the entire body or only one area. A child that has a rash that is draining, has open areas or is causing the child to itch excessively should not attend school. A rash accompanied with other symptoms such as; a fever, headache, sore throat, irritability, vomiting, etc... should not attend school.

All of the above conditions may put other students at risk of infection.
In the event your child will be absent from school, please notify the school by calling in a simple explanation. This will prevent worry about the safety of your child.

Unnecessary school absences may affect a child’s attitude, work habits and progress. Unnecessary school absences should be avoided.


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