When to keep your child home from school
Deciding when a child is too sick to go to school can be difficult. Please know that good health is more important than a perfect attendance record. In order for your child to be available for learning, and to control communicable diseases in school, it is important to keep your child home for the following reasons:
- Fever above 100.4 degrees - Your child should be fever free and off of all fever reducing medication for 24 hours before he or she returns to school. Students returning to school before they are well are more susceptible to illness and may expose others. Please do not give your child medication to treat a fever and then send him or her to school.
- Sore Throat or Tonsillitis – A minor sore throat is usually not a problem, but a severe sore throat could be a symptom of a more serious illness. Keep your child home from school and contact your health care provider. If your child is diagnosed with Strep Throat, he or she may return to school 24 hours after antibiotic treatment begins.
- Spots/Rash – Do not send your child to school with a rash until your health care provider has said that it is safe to do so.Children with ringworm, scabies, or impetigo may return to school after 24 hours of appropriate treatment. The affected area should be covered if possible.
- Bad cough/Cold Symptoms – children with bad coughs/colds need to stay home, and possibly see their health care provider. When the cough improves and the child is feeling better, they may return to school.It can take well over a week for a bad cough to completely go away.
- Eye Inflammation or Discharge – if your child’s eye is red with a cloudy or yellow/green drainage, matted eyelids after sleep, eye pain and/or redness, you should keep your child home and contact your child’s health care provider. If your child is diagnosed with pink eye, he or she may return to school 24 hours after treatment has begun.
- Vomiting and/or Diarrhea – Your child should stay home until the illness is over and for 24 hours after the last episode (without medication).
- Ear Pain – Consult with your health care provider.Untreated ear infections can cause problems with hearing loss.
- Head lice – Students must be treated with a special preparation for killing head lice (available over-the counter) and progress made on removing all of the nits. Students are to be cleared by the Cleveland County Health Department or their health care provider.
- Acute Pain – Students that have pain that require narcotic medication for relief should not attend school.
Your child may attend school if he or she has:
- Mild Cold Symptoms – If your child feels well, and there is no fever, it is usually OK to send your child to school
- Allergic Conjunctivitis – Know allergy diagnosed by a physician.
- Vague complaints of aches, pains or fatigue
- Single episodes of vomiting and/or diarrhea – that happens at home without any other symptoms.
- Diagnosed skin condition
Remember to call the school every day that your child will be absent. Make sure the school has your current contact information in case your child was to become ill or injured at school. Have a plan in place for childcare issues for when your child is ill. If your child has a communicable disease, please notify the school. In some instances, it will be necessary for your physician to provide the school with a medical release before your child may return to school.
Medications should be given at home if at all possible. If medication is required during school hours the Procedures for Medication Administration must be followed.
Norman Regional Kids Virtual Care
Noble Public Schools, Norman Regional Health System, and the Norman Regional Hospital Foundation are expanding our offerings for the betterment of our students and staff. We have been provided a grant to develop a program, the Norman Regional Kids Virtual Care Program. This program will allow our students and staff to see a doctor through our school nurse office. Click on the link below for more information and the student consent form. We will provide the adult permission forms at a later time. We have included a link to the NRH Foundation webpage for further information on Kids Virtual Care.
We appreciate Norman Regional Health System and the Norman Regional Hospital Foundation for their help and support of Noble Public Schools.
Thank you for your support!
Noble Public Schools
Tip For A Healthy Year
Avoid telling your child, “Go to School and try to Make it. If you still feel bad later, call me.” A more positive statement would be, “You don’t have a fever and you have been OK for the past 24 hours. Eat some breakfast, then go on to school and I’m sure you will feel fine.” This lets your child know you have paid attention to their complaints and leaves them with a positive message about feeling good.