When to Keep Your Child Home

 Throughout the course of the school year, many children become ill.  Whether you suspect the flu, a cold, chicken pox, or some other illness, it is very important to know when you should not send your child to school.  A child’s illness is most contagious during the early stages, so having your child stay home and rest will help shorten the length of their illness.  You should keep your child home if he/she has a rash, sore throat, unusual flush color, diarrhea, cough, chilliness, headache, rise in temperature, runny nose, or if your child is vomiting.  A sick child does not learn well at school, so they’re better off staying home and resting so that they may recover and return to school when they are feeling their normal self again.  Please do not send your child to school if he/she has any of the above signs/symptoms because you are then putting other children at the risk of illnesses.   

Karla Palmer, MSN, RN, NCSN
School Nurse   

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