Helpful School Attendance Tips
A letter from your School Nurse Teacher – 2017 - 2018
Your School Nurse Teacher has come up with some helpful guidelines that help you to know whether your child should stay home from school; the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests answering these three quick questions:
- Does your child have a fever?
- Is your child well enough to engage in class?
- Do you think your child is contagious (such as pinkeye or strep throat)
So when should I keep them home? A general guide is helpful, although when in question, or if your child has not seen his/her doctor, please call your SCHOOL NURSE.
Fever is the body's way of destroying the germs making it sick, and it's a common symptom of infections such as flu. Keep your children home if their temperature is 101° F or higher. Wait until children are fever-free without Tylenol or Motrin before letting them return to school.
Diarrhea is often the result of infection, food poisoning, or a side effect to medications like antibiotics. Keep children home until stools are formed and your doctor gives the okay. Make sure your sick child stays well-hydrated.
Vomiting is another way for the body to rid itself of the germs making it sick, and is usually caused by a stomach virus or stomach infection. Keep children home if they've vomited twice or more in the last 24 hours. They can return to school after symptoms clear up or your doctor says they're no longer contagious.
Mild cold or respiratory symptoms are no reason to keep children at home so long as their nasal drainage is clear and their cough is mild. Severe cough and cold symptoms should keep kids home from school. A serious cough could be a sign of contagious conditions like whooping cough, viral bronchitis, or croup. It can also be a sign of asthma or allergies. If the cough is mild, you may send in cough drops with a note to the nurse. If they have an inhaler, a doctor’s order must accompany the inhaler to school.