Health Concerns & Conditions

Health Concerns & Conditions

Parents are often confronted with a decision when their child complains of not feeling well. The guidelines shown below may be helpful to you. It odes not cover every medical condition and it does not take the place of seeking medical attention. Please consult your doctor for specific medical advice. 

If your child has been exposed to COVID-19 or is showing symptoms, please keep them home and have them tested for COVID-19. Policy for quarantine can be found by using the COVID-19 link. 

Health tips to consider include:

  • Good hand washing

  • Stay home when ill

  • Encourage rest

  • Encourage fluids as tolerated

  • Disinfect surfaces

Fever - 100 degrees or higher:  A fever is a sign of illness. A child with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher should not attend school. The child should be free of fever for 24 hours, without medication, before returning to school. 

Sore throat/Colds/Cough: Minor cold symptoms are common and usually don't interfere with school attendance. A persistent, frequent cough and/or constant nasal drainage may affect your child's performance at school, and he/she may be more comfortable at home.

If your child has been diagnosed with strep throat, they need to stay home for a full 24 hours after treatment has been started.

Vomiting/Diarrhea - A child who has vomited should wait 24 hours and be able to retain solid food before returning to school. A child who is having frequent diarrhea stools should not attend school. If there is cramping/abdominal pain with diarrhea, the student may be more comfortable at home. 

Rash: A rash may cover the entire body or only one area. A child that has a rash that is draining, has open areas or is causing the child to itch excessively should not attend school. A rash accompanied with other symptoms such as a fever, sore throat, irritability, vomiting, etc. should not attend school. 

Pink Eye - if the white part of the eye is pink/red with irritation and crusty eye drainage, keep them home and contact their doctor. A doctor can determine if treatment is necessary. If treatment is prescribed, keep them at home for 24 hours after treatment has started.