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When a Sick Child May Return To School
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Friday, January 11, 2019

When A Sick Child May Return to School

Please refer to the following guidelines when considering returning a child to school.


A sick child may return to school when:

1.       A child should be fever-free for 24 hours without medication before returning.

2.       A child with strep throat must be on an antibiotic for 24 hours before returning.

3.       A child with possible conjunctivitis (pink eye) must be seen by a doctor and may only return to school with a doctor's note.

4.       A child with chicken pox may only return to school when all lesions have crusted over.


                                 When To Keep A Child Home


A sick child may be kept home if she/he:

1.       has had a fever* in the past 24 hours.

2.       has a fever* of 100 degrees or higher.

3.       is nauseous and/or vomiting and/or has diarrhea.

4.       has been exposed to a contagious disease and is exhibiting signs/symptoms of the disease.


Children who have been at home because of illness, should not be brought to school for parties and/or special events. *A fever refers to a temperature of 100 degrees or more without the use of Tylenol or Advil or other fever reducing medications. Do NOT give your child aspirin or any aspirin product.  A high occurrence of Reyes syndrome has been associated with viral infections and the use of aspirin.


Please send a parent or physician note to the homeroom teacher within three days of the absence; otherwise the absence is unexcused and subject to the truancy regulations.


Note:  The information provided is not intended to replace physician advice.  When your child is ill, please contact your healthcare provider.


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