Ann Hurley and Jacquelyn McFeeley
NPS School Nurses
General Guidelines for When not to Report to School
Good attendance at school is important in order for a child to do well. However, there will be times when your child is really too ill to attend. Either they are contagious to the other students or they feel so poorly that they would gain nothing from being at school. The following symptoms can help you determine whether your child should stay home.
Awaiting results of a strep throat culture
Wait until the 24 - hour culture results are in before returning your student to school. If it is negative and your child is fever free, you can bring your child back to school.
Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
Following a diagnosis of conjunctivitis, the child may not return to school until after 24 hours the first dose of prescribed medication is administered.
Diarrhea and Vomiting
If your child has repeated episodes of diarrhea and vomiting, accompanied by fever, a rash or general weakness, consult a doctor and keep your child out of school until the illness passes .
Students determined to have head lice infestation or the presence of nits are not permitted in the school until there are no live lice detected.
Children who have a temperature of 100 degrees or more do not belong in school. Any fever within the past 24 hours indicates the need to stay home. Fever is an important symptom; when it occurs along with a sore throat, an earache, nausea, listleness, or a rash, your child may be carrying something contagious. Most pediatricians advise parents to keep children home during the course of a fever and for an additional 24 hours after the fever has passed (without giving fever-reducing medicine such as Tylenol or Motrin).
Runny Nose /Cold Symptoms
A bad cough or cold symptoms can indicate a severe cold, bronchitis, flu or even pneumonia. If your child is not acting right or has difficulty breathing check with your pediatrician right away. A sick child cannot learn effectively and is unable to participate in classes in a meaningful way. Keeping a sick child home prevents the spread of illness in the school community and allows the child opportunity to rest and recover.