School health


Student’s parents always wonder whether or not their child should be sent to school. While there are no set rules, there are things to consider.


When a student has a fever they should not be in school until their fever is gone for 24 hours. An average temperature is 98.6° F. This means if a child went to sleep with a temperature but woke up without one they should still stay home. Temperatures are often less in the morning, and a fever often recurs by afternoon.


When a cold is present, so long as there is no fever, the student may attend school. It is advised to go over washing hands and using tissue paper appropriately with the sick child. However, If a child vomits during the night, AHS advises it best to keep the student home for a day until their stomach feels better.


AHS says to  never ignore an earache and to keep the child home while their parent/guardian contacts a physician. When dealing with diarrhea it’s best to do what the student would best feel comfortable with. Conditions such as headlice, scabies, impetigo, ringworm, and pink eye must be properly treated before a child returns. In the case of lice, all eggs must be removed from the hair.