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.