When do I keep my child home due to illnes?

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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 severe illness or injury:
      • Vomiting
      • Temperature 100 °F or higher. 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/ diarrhea
    • Suspected communicable disease
    • Nuisance condition not currently being treated, e.g., ringworm, scabies, head lice
    • Red, draining eyes
    • A persistent runny nose with yellow/green discharge, accompanied by fever
    • A productive cough, accompanied by fever
    • Undiagnosed rash

    Any questions or health-related concerns? Contact your school nurse @ 410-222-3815