The purpose of keeping a sick child home from school is:
ü To avoid transmission of the illness to others
ü To allow for optimal comfort and rest for the child
ü To provide any treatments that cannot be administered at school
Remember, your child must be fever free for a full 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medication) before returning to school. This is because sick children often do not develop fever until the afternoon or evening. If your child has fever, do not give a fever-reducing medication (Tylenol, Advil, etc.) then send him to school. If he has a fever, he is still contagious.
Call your healthcare provider if you are unsure how to manage your child’s illness or he is not improving.