Too Sick to Attend?
Sometimes it is hard to know whether or not to send your child to school when they have been ill. The following guidelines should be helpful:
Fever-is a temperature greater than 100.5 degrees. Children should stay home until they have been fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine.
Vomiting- Children should remain home for 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting. Even though they may appear well, they still may be contagious. Keeping your child home reduces the chance that illness will spread to others in your child’s classroom.
Cough- Sometimes a cough will linger as your child recovers from a cold and sometimes a cough accompanies asthma. Your child should stay home if the cough is so persistent that it is disruptive, or if the child gets overtired.
The goal is to allow your child to return to good health quickly and minimize the spread of disease. Please feel free to contact Nurse Autumn Miller if you have any concerns about your child’s health at 372-6312 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Maine Center for Disease Control website for more information.