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GUIDELINES: Is my child too sick for school?

These guidelines apply to PVMS also, but it was developed by another school.  We found it to be very helpful in explaining when your child may or may not come to school.  We hope it will help parents with an often difficult decision.

Is my child too sick for school?

We hope this helps you to make an often difficult decision. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call. 

  1. If your child has vomited any time in the last 24 hours, they cannot come to school. Even if they feel fine the next morning, they cannot come to school. They are still contagious and can spread a virus to the other children.
  2. If your child has diarrhea, they cannot come to school. This is another sign of a virus and is difficult to manage in the school setting. They must be diarrhea free for 24 hours before they can return to school.
  3. If your child has a fever (100.4 or greater), they cannot come to school. This is a reliable sign of an infection or illness. They must go 24 hours without Motrin or Tylenol and no fever before they can come back to school.
  4. If your child has been up all night coughing and not feeling well, they should not come to school, they will be too tired to make it through the day.
  5. If your child has a cold where the drainage is thick, green with sneezing, coughing or fever-they cannot come to school.

If the drainage is clear, with no fever, they can come to school.



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