When Should Your Child Stay Home?Please follow these guidelines when deciding whether your child should be in school.DIARRHEA/ VOMITING- Child should be kept home if vomiting and/or has diarrhea even it occurs one time only. Child may return to school if symptoms have resolved for at least 24 hours and the child is able to keep food/liquid down.FEVER- Child should be kept home if temperature is greater than 100.0. Child needs to remain home until temperature is less than 100.0 for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications.COLD/COUGH- Child with temperature less than 100.0, mild cold symptoms, and otherwise feeling well may come to school. If there is uncontrollable coughing or significant lack of energy, the child needs to remain at home even if temperature is less than 100.0.EARACHE- Consult your healthcare provider if ear pain is present. Child may remain at school with an ear infection. Child needs to remain home if temperature greater than 100.0 or are in pain.HEADACHE- Child needs to remain at home if headaches are severe and do not respond to acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Contact your medical provider if headaches are frequent or increase in severity. Child with mild headache and no other symptoms may come to school.HEAD LICE - Child needs to remain at home until Lice-free. The parent will be instructed to provide lice/nit treatment (per parent choice) for their child. Upon return to school, a child must be examined by the school nurse prior to going to the classroom. It is advisable for the child's parent to accompany the child to school and remain present while the nurse examines the child's scalp. If any lice are found, the parent may be instructed to bring the child home and provide treatment as necessary.PINK EYE (CONJUNCTIVITIS)- If one or both eyes appear very red, feels irritated, and drainage of mucous and pus or clear liquid are present child needs to remain at home until evaluated by a healthcare provider. Child may return to school 24 hours after treatment if required.RASHES- A rash may indicate a viral or bacterial infection or an allergic reaction to medication, food and/or environmental agent. If child has an unusual rash with additional symptoms such as itching, fever or appearing ill, child needs to remain at home until cleared by healthcare provider to return to school.SORE THROAT- Child with a mild sore throat, no fever, and otherwise feeling well may come to school. Child needs to remain at home if symptoms include a significantly sore throat, white spots in back of throat, headache, and upset stomach. Contact healthcare provider to determine if child has strep throat. If positive for strep throat, child may come to school 24 hours after antibiotic treatment has started.STOMACH PAIN- Child needs to remain home if stomachache is persistent or severe enough to limit physical activity. Consult your health care provider.TOOTHACHE-Child needs to remain home with a significant toothache until feeling better. Contact dentist to see if child needs to be evaluated.FREQUENT SYMPTOMSSometimes children pretend or exaggerate illness in order to stay home. However, frequent complaints of tummy aches, headaches and other symptoms may be a physical sign that a child is feeling emotionally stressed, a common experience in children. Consult your health care provider to evaluate symptoms. Stress- based complaints cause some children to unnecessarily miss a great deal of school. It is important to check often with your children about how things are going. Share concerns with school staff so they can provide support for you and your child to help make attending school a positive experience.When deciding whether or not to send your child to school, it is important to evaluate whether your child will be an active participant in the learning environment. If they are run down or lethargic, they will not pay attention in class and may benefit from another day at home.Children are sometimes kept home from school for reasons other than illness. Unnecessary absence from school may have a bad effect on a student's attitude toward school and work habits. Together we can make your child's time spent at school as pleasant, productive, and problem free as possible.