If your child has vomited, had diarrhea or a fever, keep them home for 24 hours after the last incident. Do not send your child to school until they have been fever-free (under 100 degrees) for 24 hours without any fever-reducing medication (e.g., acetaminophen or ibuprofen—aspirin should not be given for fever due to viruses, to prevent a complication called Reye’s syndrome). In general, if your child has a cough lasting 7 days, a health care provider should be consulted. If you need access to a health care provider contact the nurse or School-Based Health Center.
Please keep your child home if you see these signs:
- Fever greater than 100.5
- Diarrhea (3 watery or loose stools in one day with or without fever)
- Stiff neck or headache with fever
- Any rash with or without fever
- Unusual behavior change, such as irritability, lethargy
- Jaundice (yellow color of skin or eyes)
- Skin lesions that are “weepy” (fluid or pus-filled)
- Colored drainage from eyes
- Brown/green drainage from nose with fever of greater than 100.5
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; serious, sustained cough
If your student has a chronic condition that is impacting attendance, please request consultation with the nurse.