When To Keep Your Child Home

When To Keep Your Child Home

Is My Child Too Sick For School?

We feel strongly that good attendance is extremely important to your child's success at school. They must be here to learn!

Sometimes it is hard to decide whether to send your child to school when he or she doesn't feel well. This may help. Refer to your student handbook for regulations.

A RUNNY NOSE is the way many children respond to pollen, dust, or simply a change in the season. If it is not the common cold, then it is an allergy. Do not keep the child home from school as long as they are fever free. But be sure they practice good hand washing and cough or sneeze into their elbow not their hands or the air.

A BAD COUGH or COLD SYMPTOMS can indicate a severe cold, bronchitis, flu, or even pneumonia. If your child is not acting right, has a fever of 100 degrees or above, has difficulty breathing, or is becoming dehydrated, it could be serious. Keep your child home and Check with your doctor right away.

DIARRHEA and VOMITING make children very uncomfortable. If your child has repeated episodes of diarrhea and vomiting, accompanied by fever of 100 or above, a rash or general weakness, consult a doctor and keep your child out of school until the illness passes. A single episode of diarrhea, or even vomiting, unaccompanied by any other symptoms, may not be reason enough for the child to miss school. Please be sure we know how to reach you, if needed.

FEVER is an important symptom; when it occurs along with a sore throat, nausea, listlessness, or a rash, your child could be carrying something very contagious. Klein ISD policy is to keep children home during the course of a fever of 100 degrees and for an additional 24 hours after the fever has passed. If your child has a fever of 100 degrees or above during the school day you will be contacted to pick up your child.

STREP THROAT caused by a streptococcal (bacterial) infection. They usually arrive with a sore throat and high fever. A child with strep throat should be kept home and treated with antibiotics, as prescribed by a doctor. After 24 hours on an antibiotic, the child may return to school, with doctor permission as long as they have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.

PINK EYE or CONJUNCTIVITIS is highly contagious and uncomfortable, so take heed when your child complains of an eye or eyes burning, itching, and producing a whitish or crusty discharge. Minor cases (caused by a virus) and severe cases (caused by bacteria) require treatment with prescription eye drops. It is best to keep your child home until your doctor says it is all right to return usually 24 hours after treatment is begun.

EAR INFECTIONS unless properly treated, can cause permanent hearing damage. Here again you should follow the 24 hour rule for fever and antibiotic therapy.

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