*A runny nose is the body’s response to dust, pollen, or simply a change in season. If it isn’t a common cold, then it may be an allergy and allergies are not contagious, so your child does not need to stay home from school.
*Some children suffer one cold after another all winter long and a common cold should not be a reason to miss school. However, a severe cough or cold symptoms may indicate a more serious illness such as bronchitis, the flu or even pneumonia. If your child is not acting “right” or having difficulty breathing, please contact your health care provider. *Fever is an important symptom with illnesses. When a fever occurs along with a sore throat, cough, earache, nausea, listlessness or rash, your child may have an illness that is contagious. Please keep your child home. Your child must be fever free for 24 hours (without taking medications such as Tylenol or ibuprofen) before returning to school.
*Diarrhea and vomiting make children very uncomfortable and being near a bathroom becomes top priority.
Keep your child out of school until he/she has not had any vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours.
*Strep throat is a contagious condition caused by a streptococcal (bacterial) infection. It usually presents as sore throat, headache, stomachache and fever. Sometimes nausea may occur. A child with strep throat should be kept at home and treated with antibiotics, as prescribed by a health care provider and may return to school after being on antibiotics for 24 hours.