When to Keep Your Child Home from School

By January 4, 2017A Word on Wellness

By Cokie Scheidler, RN, BSN, School Nurse

With the cold and flu season in full force, it is often difficult to know if your child is too sick to come to school. According to kidshealth.org, the biggest question to ask yourself is, “Can my child still participate in school activities?” If your child has been up all night coughing or with an upset stomach, then the child will be too tired and not feel like taking part in school activities. If your child has cold symptoms, but is playing at home and not slowing down, then your child should be able to come to school.

Park Tudor has guidelines in the Park Tudor Student/Parent Handbook. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • A student with a fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit will be sent home. The student should stay home until the temperature has been below 100 degrees for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication).
  • Students with strep throat or pink eye must be treated by a physician and must be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Students with vomiting or diarrhea should not come to school until they have been symptom-free for 24 hours.

Please know that these guidelines are in place to protect the student who is sick because he/she is compromised and it will be easier to catch other illnesses or viruses. The guidelines are also designed to prevent the spread of illness to other students and faculty.

If you are concerned that your child may need to come home if she doesn’t feel well, especially in Lower School, try not to tell your student to call you if they don’t feel well. Instead, please email your child’s teacher and let them know that your child isn’t feeling well so that the teacher can keep an eye on the student and email or call you if they notice any problems. The nurse’s office is open every school day from 7:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.; you can always call the nurse (317-415-2811) if you have any questions or concerns about your student.