Sick Day Guidelines


 Sick Day Guidelines


“Making the Right Call When Your Child isn’t Feeling Well”

Should I keep my child home or send him or her to school?

 Keep your child home if he or she: 

 • Has a fever of 100.5 degrees or higher

 • Has been vomiting

 • Has symptoms that prevent him or her from participating in school, such as:

  • Excessive tiredness or lack of appetite
  • Productive coughing, sneezing
  • Headache, body aches, earache
  • Sore throat (A minor sore throat is usually not a problem, but a severe sore throat could be strep throat even if there is no fever. Othesymptoms of strep throat in children are headache and stomach upset. 

Keep your child home until his or her fever has been gone for 24 hours without medication.Colds can be contagious for at least 48 hours. Returning to school too soon may slow the recovery process and expose others unnecessarily to illness.

Does my child have the flu?

The flu is serious! Call your pediatrician at the first sign of flu symptoms, which typically come on

suddenly, including:    

      • High Fever, Chills

      • Head ache, body aches, ear ache

      • Nausea, vomiting        

      • Dry cough

If you’re unsure about the best way to treat your child’s cold or flu, ask your school nurse, doctor, pharmacist or other healthcare provider.

How can I prevent my child from getting a cold?

• Teach your child to wash his or her hands frequently using plenty of soap and warm water. Proper hand-washing should take about 20 seconds or the time it takes to sing “HappyBirthday twice"

• Teach your child to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or their sleeve

• Keep the child’s environment tobacco free

• Try to minimize the time your child spends with other children who have cough or cold symptoms

• Keep an annual well-child exam to follow changes in your child’s health

• Keep all of your child’s immunizations up-to-date

• Serve a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables.  

• After your child is feeling better, clean all surfaces; wash the bedding and air out the room

• Keep surfaces like door knobs, phones, remote controls, toys, and keyboards clean

• Always make sure to consult your school nurse or doctor if you have any questions

 Helpful Guide 


School is a child's work. It is important for normal development. If your child is absent often, it may be harder to keep up with the class.  So try to stay healthy, wash your hands and take care of yourself when you are sick!