RVS Lead Psychologist – With the return to school, one of the ways parents can keep their sanity and make their kids happy is to establish routines. One of the more important routines is to get your student in the habit of coming to school each and every day. Good school attendance is linked with higher grades, better social contact, better physical and mental health, and higher income after graduation.
One of the questions parents struggle with is when is my child too sick for school?
Send me to school if:
- I have a runny nose or just a little cough, but no other symptoms.
- I haven’t taken any fever reducing medicine for 24 hours, and I haven’t had a fever during that time.
- I haven’t thrown up or had diarrhea for 24 hours.
- If I can drink fluids and my fever is below 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
- If my eyes are only slightly pink and the discharge is clear or watery.
- If I have a sore throat accompanied by a runny nose. This is often just due to simple irritation from the draining mucus.
- If I have a stomach ache and it is my only symptom. I
t could signal constipation or even a case of nerves.
Keep me home if:
- I have a temperate higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit – even after taking medicine.
- I am throwing up or have diarrhea.
- My eyes are pink and crusty.
Call the doctor if:
- I have a temperature higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit for more than two days.
- I have be
en throwing up and having diarrhea for more than two days.
- I had the sniffles for more than a week, or they aren’t getting better.
- I still have asthma symptoms after using my asthma medicine.