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How Sick is Too Sick?

Here are some reasons to keep sick children at home:

1. The child doesn't feel well enough to take part in normal activities, (such as; overly tired, fussy or won't stop crying.)

2. The child needs more care than teachers and staff can give, and still care for the other children.

  • Diarrhea- if child looks or acts sick; if has with a fever and isn't acting normally; if has with vomiting
  • Fever- if behavior change or other illness; if rash, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, behavior changes, stiff neck, difficulty breathing, etc.
  • Flu-like symptoms- fever over 100 with a cough or sore throat. Tiredness, body aches, vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Coughing- severe, uncontrolled coughing or wheezing, rapid or difficulty breathing and medical attention is necessary.
  • Vomiting- until vomiting stops or a doctor says it is not contagious.

Please keep your student at home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone, without the use of medicine that reduces the fever.

Tri County Health Department recommends any individual diagnosed with or suspected of having norovirus, i.e:vomiting and diarrhea, should remain out of childcare and school until at least 48 hours after symptoms stop.

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Please note, if your child is to have medication, of any kind, including a cough drop, they MUST have the correct medical form signed by the doctor and parent. Forms can be found by clicking the link below.