Criteria For Deciding When To Send A Child Home For Illness

The main reasons for sending a child home from school are:
  • An illness that poses a risk of spreading serious disease to others.
  • An illness that prevents the child from participating comfortably in activities.

Generally thought to be reasons to exclude children from school:
  • Temperature higher that 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit orally.  This may indicate a fever which is often a sign of infection or illness. 
  • Skin rashes that is not identified or explained by school staff, student, or person responsible for care of the student.
  • Severe sore throat (pustules and/or blood streaks visible) especially if accompanied by fever and/or rash.
  • Severe cold or cough:  persistent cough and/or difficulty breathing may be signs of worsening of a cold or development of bronchitis, sinusitis, pneumonia, or asthma.
  • If the eyes have discharge, and there is no history of allergies or exposure to allergens.
  • GI upset, vomiting and/or diarrhea:  determine if vomiting and/or diarrhea are caused by communicable disease or environmental factors.  Student may not need to be sent home if vomiting/diarrhea occurs only once and is not caused by communicable disease.

**REMEMBER:  When in doubt on severity of condition for excluding from school, physician directive and confirmation should be obtained.
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