INFORMATION AND FORMS
No parent wants a child to miss school without good reason. But sending a sick kid to class can make a condition worse and put other children at risk. A child needs to be fever free for 24 hours before returning back to school. The following guidelines can help you make that tough morning call:
DON'T KEEP A CHILD HOME FOR:
- Sniffles, a runny nose and a mild cough without fever. It could be a cold or an allergic response to dust, pollen, chalk, or seasonal changes.
- Vague complaints of aches, pains or fatigue.
- A single episode of diarrhea or vomiting without any other symptoms.
KEEP A CHILD HOME WHEN HE/SHE HAS:
- Any physical or emotional condition that would prevent him from participating in class.
- A fever of 100.4 or more. Coupled with a rash, earache, sour throat, lethargy or nausea, fever may signal a highly contagious infection.
- A persistent, productive cough and wheezing coupled with a thick or constant nasal discharge.
- Persistent vomiting or diarrhea during the precious night.
- An undiagnosed rash, especially when there's fever and behavioral change.
- Pinkeye in which there's a white or yellow discharge, often with matted eyelids after sleep, eye pain, and redness.
Strep throat/scarlet fever.
- Head lice. Stay home until treated and all nits removed.
- Chicken pox. Stay home five days after onset of blisters, or until all pox are scabbed over and dry.
Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics, Riverside California, Country Department of Public Health, Dr. Alan Kwassman, The Press-Enterprise/Scripps Howard News Service.