GUIDELINES FOR SENDING SICK
CHILDREN TO SCHOOL
Deciding when a child is too sick to go to school can be a
difficult decision for parents to make. When trying to decide, you
can use the guidelines below to help you.
GO to School - If your child has any of the
following symptoms, they should probably go to school:
- Sniffles, a runny nose and a mild cough without a fever (this
could be an allergic response to dust, pollen or seasonal
- Vague complaints of aches, pains or fatigue
- Single episode of diarrhea or vomiting without any other
STAY at Home - If your child has any of the
following symptoms, please keep your child at home or make
appropriate child care arrangements:
- EYES - thick mucus or pus draining from the eye or pink eye.
(With pink eye (conjunctivitis) you may see a white or yellow
discharge, matted eyelids after sleep, eye pain and/or
- FEVER-temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Remember
that a child must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to
- STREP THROAT-the child may return to school after 24 hours of
- VOMITING OR DIARRHEA- vomiting or diarrhea two (2) or more
times within the past 24 Hours.
- LICE, SCABIES - children may not return to school until they
have been treated.
If you are unsure of the need to
keep your child home,
please feel free to contact your school's nurse.
*IF YOUR CHILD SHOWS ANY OF THE ABOVE SYMPTOMS AT
SCHOOL, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THAT CHILD TO
BE PICKED UP FROM SCHOOL WITHIN A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF
*Students are not permitted to stay in the health room
all day because a parent/guardian is working.
Is Your Child Too Sick For
It is difficult to make a decision about sending your child to
school when they are not feeling well. When your child has only
minor symptoms you may not be able to tell if they will get better
or worse during the day. You should keep your child home if they
might spread a contagious disease or if they are too sick to get
through the school day. Here are some guidelines to help you decide
when your child is too sick for school.
FEVER: A child
with a fever of 100.0 should stay home and not return until there
is no fever for 24 hours. If you treat a child
with fever and send them to school it can return and they still may
DIARRHEA/VOMITING: A child with more than one
event of vomiting or diarrhea should stay at home and not return
until there has been no vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours.
SORE THROAT: A child with a sore throat and
fever should be kept home and evaluated by a doctor. A child treated for strep
should be on antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to
COUGH: If a cough is worse than you would
expect with a normal cold and accompanied by wheezing or fever or
associated with difficulty in breathing then your child should be
evaluated by a doctor.
PINKEYE: Pinkeye is very contagious. A child
with pinkeye will usually exhibit redness of the eye, drainage,
itching and /or crusting of the eye upon awakening. Pinkeye should be treated with
antibiotic drops for a full 24 hours before returning to
IMPETIGO/RINGWORM: A child should stay home
until they have been on treatment for 24 hours. Lesions must be
covered while at school.
LICE: A child should be free from any live lice
before returning to school. You should continue head checks and
combing for 7-10 days to ensure all nits have been removed to avoid
If you are in doubt about sending your child to school, please
contact your doctor. It is important to not expose other children
and staff needlessly.
Gordon County Schools 9/2009