Is My Child Too Sick To Go To School?
—A fever is considered a temperature of 100 degrees or
higher—A fever is a sign of illness. Your child should be free of
fever for 24 hours without fever reducing medication before returning to
—Pink Eye is also called conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis can result from many causes including viruses, bacteria, or allergens.
Viral and bacterial conjunctivitis are highly contagious. Most viruses
and bacteria that cause conjunctivitis are spread through direct
hand-to-eye contact from contaminated hands. People can get
conjunctivitis just by touching or using something that has been
infected by a person who has the eye infection. This is why people who
are diagnosed with conjunctivitis, particularly children, should stay
home until after treatment is started to avoid infecting others.
Infectious conjunctivitis (viral or bacterial) can also be spread by
large respiratory tract droplets. Bacterial conjunctivitis is less
common in children older than 5 years of age.
Allergic conjunctivitis is common in people who have other signs of
allergic disease, such as hay fever, asthma, and eczema. It is caused by
the body’s reaction to certain substances to which it is allergic.
—A rash may cover the entire body or only one area. If the rash is
draining, has open areas or is causing the child to itch excessively
your child should not attend school. They should also stay home for a
rash that is accompanied by other symptoms like fever, sore throat,
irritability, or vomiting.
—Minor cold symptoms shouldn’t interfere
with your child attending school. A frequent cough and/or constant
thick nasal drainage is a sign that your child might be contagious and
more comfortable at home.
If your child has been diagnosed with strep throat,
they must be on an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to
—A child who has vomited should wait 24 hours
and be able to retain solid food before returning to school. A child
with frequent diarrhea should not go to school.