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Illness and School

It is difficult at times to know whether or not to send a child to school when he or she complains of not feeling well.  However, there are a few symptoms that definitely indicate that the child needs to remain at home:

  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea during the past 24 hours.  Children should be able to eat and drink normally prior to returning to school.
  • Fever above 100 degrees during the past 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medication.
  • An unidentified rash.
  • Open sores.  (Minor sores must be covered with a dressing or band aid while the child is in school).

Though children with colds without fever are not required to stay home, parents are encouraged to keep the child at home if he/she truly does not feel well.  Children who do not feel well do not learn well.

Children who complain of stomach aches and headaches in the morning just before school are more difficult to evaluate.  If the temperature is normal, if the child has not been ill for the past 24 hours and if no one at home has been ill with similar symptoms, then the child can probably be sent to school.

Please notify the school office when your child is ill.  Calls are appreciated prior to 9:00 am.  Homework can be requested at that time and will be ready for pick up after 2:00 pm.  If parents are ever in doubt about when to send their children to school, they can call their school nurse at 580-366-7050 to discuss their questions or concerns.

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