Guidelines for keeping students home for illness

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 11:13pm

Colds and flu are very common during the cold, rainy months. Sometimes when your child does not feel well, it is difficult to decide whether or not to send the child to school. 

It is important to keep your sick child home:

  • To protect the health of all children and staff at school.
  • To protect the sick child whose resistance is lowered and who is more susceptible to other infections. 

Here are some guidelines to follow when making that decision.

A child should not be in school when he/she has:

  • nausea or vomiting, or has vomited during the night
  • diarrhea
  • frequent coughing or sneezing
  • evidence of a communicable disease such as a rash, fever or unusual sores
  • a temperature of 100 degrees or above. If a child has had a fever, he/she may not return to school until it has been normal for 24 hours (without taking Tylenol)
  • sore throat
  • a new cold or generally feels bad
  • unusual watery, burning, or red, crusted eyes 

If your child needs to stay home, please report his or her absence by emailing AddisonAttendance@pausd.org or by calling the Addison office at 650-322-5935.

Hopefully by following these guidelines, we will all stay healthy during the school year. 

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