Sometimes it’s hard to know when to keep your child at home. The following is a list of signs and symptoms that might mean your child is ill. These signs also mean that he or she could spread that illness to other classmates.
Fever: A person’s normal temperature is 98.6 degrees. Anything higher than 100.0 means your child may have an infection and should stay home. A fever may be at its lowest in the morning and rise as the day goes on. Your child needs to be fever free without the assistance of medication for 24 hours before returning to school.
Rash: Keep your child home unless you are sure the rash is an allergic rash, such as poison ivy. A rash may be a sign of any number of diseases that can spread easily.
Vomiting: Healthy children don’t throw up! Be sure your child has fully recovered for 24 hours from whatever illness has caused the vomiting before he or she returns to school. After vomiting, your child should be able to keep down clear liquids and then a light meal.
Runny Nose: A nose which runs clear, watery liquid may be due to allergies. This is not “catching”.
Sore Throat: If your child has a fever, a cough, or thick drainage from his or her nose along with a sore throat, they need to be kept at home. If your child has a sore throat that lasts for more than two-three days, they need to be seen by a medical professional if possible.
Reddened Eyes: A child with a white, thick drainage should be kept home until treatment has begun. This may go along with redness in the white of the eye.
For more information on specific diseases and their signs and symptoms, contact the Health Department or visit www.cdc.gov or www.kidshealth.org.