When your child isn't feeling well it can be difficult deciding whether to send them to school or keep them home. Here are some simple guidelines to help you make your decision.

Evaluate your child.

  • Look at your child: Are they pale? Are their cheeks red? Is there no twinkle in their eyes? Are their lips dry and chapped?
  • Check their chest, back, arms, and legs for any rashes.
  • Do they hurt anywhere?
  • Take their temperature
  • Look in their throat: Bright red? Any white or red spots seen? Drainage present? Tonsils enlarged?
  • Do they have a runny nose or cough?
  • Have they been eating and drinking as usual?
  • Have they been unusually tired?

If your child has any of the following symptoms, they really should NOT be at school.

  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher in the last 24 hours
  • Vomiting in the last 24 hours
  • Diarrhea - two or more episodes in the last 24 hours
  • Rashes of the skin or draining lesions
  • Eyes that are red, swollen or draining thick mucous/pus
  • Sore throats with a fever (see useful links)
  • Sore throats with white or red spots present
  • Tonsils larger than normal, red with drainage
  • Head lice needs to be treated (see useful links) & hair checked by nurse before returning to school