Should I Keep My Child Home or Send Him/Her to School?
School policy (and state public health guidelines) requires a child to stay home if he or she:
- Has a fever of 100.0 degrees or higher.
- Has been vomiting or has diarrhea.
- Has symptoms that keep him or her from participating in school, such as:
≈ Very tired or lack of appetite
≈ Cough that he or she cannot control, sneezing often
≈ Headache, body aches, or earache
≈ Sore throat - a minor sore throat is okay for school, but a severe sore throat could be strep throat, even if there is no fever. Other symptoms of strep throat in children are headache and stomach upset, or rash. Call your doctor if your child has these symptoms.
- Keep your child home until he or she is fever free for 24 hours without medicine.
- Keep your child home until 24 hours after last vomiting or diarrhea episode.
- Keep your child home if he is coughing or sneezing frequently as he or she is spreading their cold to others.