WHEN TO KEEP A CHILD HOME WITH ILLNESS
It can be difficult for a parent to decide whether to send children to school when they wake up with complaints of not feeling well or early symptoms of illness. In general, if your child presents with any of the following symptoms, it is probably best to keep him/her home to monitor, and confer with his/her health care provider if necessary:
- Persistent fever higher than 100.5 degrees orally, including a fever that requires control with medication.
- The child is too sleepy or ill to concentrate or withstand a busy day at school.
- A significant uncontrolled cough that makes the child uncomfortable or disrupts the class.
- Sore throat that is severe, accompanied by fever and/or feeling ill.
- A confirmed case of Strep throat, unless the child has been on antibiotic therapy for 24 hours.
- Any unidentified rash.
- Eyes that are red and are draining or crusted. If diagnosed with Pinkeye, the child must be on antibiotic eye drops for 24 hours before returning to school.
- A large amount of discolored nasal drainage, especially if accompanied by a fever or headache.
- Severe or persistent stomach ache, especially if accompanied by nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
- Severe ear pain or drainage from the ear.
- Severe headache, especially if accompanied by a fever.
- Any condition that may be serious or contagious to others.
If you send your child to school even though you suspect there is significant illness as described above, please send him/her with phone numbers where you can be reached that day, should your child become more ill during the day, and require early dismissal.Finally, if your child is running a fever, it is best to keep him/her at home until he/she is fever free for 24 hours. If there is a pattern of your child asking to stay home from school, especially if he/she is falling behind or appears anxious at the thought of attending school, or if there does not appear to be any obvious medical symptoms despite his/her complaints of such, it may be a good idea to contact the school nurse or his/her health care provider to discuss your concerns. Remember, whenever your child will be absent from school, please call the Attendance Voice Mail for the appropriate building first thing in the morning and leave a message to report your child's absence.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE VOICE MAILBOX: (716)542-5007 MIDDLE SCHOOL ATTENDANCE VOICE MAILBOX: (716)542-5008 HIGH SCHOOL ATTENDANCE VOICE MAILBOX: (716)542-5009