Is my child too sick for school?
Children get sick with illnesses both big and small.
If you are wondering if your child is well enough to be in school, here are a few questions to ask yourself:
- Is your child well enough to participate in class? If your ill child seems too tired or run down to get much out of school today, it is best to just keep them home.
Do you think your child has a contagious illness, such as strep throat or pinkeye? If so, keep them at home until you have contacted their pediatrician and/or they are no longer infectious. Your pediatrician can give you a window of time when the particular illness your child has will no longer be contagious. If antibiotics are prescribed for a contagious illness, they should be given before school, after school and before bed unless other wise stated. Antibiotics do not need to be given at school unless they are specifically ordered this way or are to be given 4 times a day.
- Does you child have a fever? The Vermont Department of Health has stated a temperature of 100 degrees or higher needs to stay home and remain home until the fever is below 100 degrees for 24 hours with no fever reducing medication such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil (ibuprofen). SACS has adopted this practice.
Is your child vomiting or having diarrhea? If so, they should remain home until the symptoms stop. Remember to encourage good hygein when your children are sick so they are less likely to spread illness to others.
If ever you have questions, please contact the nurses office or your pediatrician.
If your child needs to go home...
Please always make sure to provide Mrs. Biggie with updated contact information. Nursing may need to get in touch with you at anytime for either illness or emergencies.
Children sick enough to be sent home ill from the nurses office will not walk home alone. In the rare case a student does walk home from then nurses office, there will be prior conversations with parents taking into account safety and the particular situation.