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    When do I keep my child home due to illness?

    Parents should keep their child home from school because of a serious illness, injury or a condition that can be passed on to other children. Although no comprehensive list is possible, the following conditions may be considered appropriate reasons to keep a student home from school:

    Examples of serious illness or injury:

    • Vomiting
    • Temperature 100 °F or greater. Children with a fever (> 100 °F) must stay home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
    • Abdominal pain
    • Earache
    • Head injury
    • Adverse medication effect
    • Suspected fracture
    • Chest pain
    • Severe pain
    • Severe shortness of breath or wheezing

    Examples of possible communicable conditions:

    • Vomiting
    • Loose stools/diarrhoea
    • Suspected communicable disease
    • Nuisance condition not currently being treated (e.g., ringworm, scabies, head lice)
    • Red, draining eyes
    • Persistent runny nose with yellow/green discharge, accompanied by fever
    • Productive cough, accompanied by fever
    • Undiagnosed rash

    Does my child have a Cold or Flu?  Flu Guide


    What if I need more information?  

    A Parent's Guide to School Health can be found at the Anne Arundel County Department of Health. It includes information on topics ranging from when to keep students home from school to packing easy, healthy lunches. Please check out this excellent source of information.

    Remember that the Health Room welcomes phone calls and visits from parents regarding any concerns for their students! Please keep your school health team informed of pertinent information regarding your student's health needs. We are here to assist you and your students.

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