The general rule of thumb is to keep your child home from school if his symptoms disrupt his ability to concentrate in class and would distract classmates. More specifically, we ask that you keep a child home until they are fever-free (less than 100.4) for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication like Tylenol or Motrin.
A recent article in the American Academy of Pediatrics Newsletter (2010) listed the following as reasons to keep a child home or take him to the doctor:
"Persistent fever (temperature higher than 100.4 degrees when taken by mouth)
Severe sore throat that last more than 48 hours, especially when accompanied by fever.
A significant rash; particularly when other symptoms are present
Large amounts of discolored nasal drainage
Severe ear pain
Diarrhea and/or vomiting
Severe headache, especially with a fever."
Parents can allow children to return to school after symptoms are gone for at least 24 hours."
If you have questions or need clarification, please call the Health Center at ext 274.