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    When to Stay Home from School

    Sometimes it is very hard to know if your child should stay home. Asking the following 4 questions may help to determine:

    1. Is it in my child's best health interest to stay home and rest in order to recover from whatever he/she has?
    2. Is my child contagious and can he/she cause other children to become sick, especially children who might be especially susceptible to getting sick?
    3. Is my child capable of going to school and learning today or is he/she feeling too bad to concentrate on his/her work?
    4. Am I giving him medicine that keeps him comfortable but symptoms come back and I have to give him more medicine?  Has it been at least 2 days after my student started antibiotics?

    Viruses and bacterial infections are very contagious.  If your child is sick the night before or in the morning, please do not send them to school.  The best thing for your child is rest and fluids.  This will potentially give their bodies what they need to heal faster and increase their resistance to other illnesses that may be in the classroom.   

    Please keep your child home if they have had any of these symptoms in the last 24 hours:

    • Fever greater than 100.4
    • Vomiting and/or diarrhea (with or without fever)
    • Conjuctivitis (pink eye with drainage)
    • Nasal drainage with green/yellow discharge
    • Sore throats suspected to be Strep throat. 
    • Live head lice- please return after treatment and removal of nits