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First of all, you are the parent, this is your decision, nobody knows your child better than you do. Here are a few guidelines from a medical point of view and the reasons that school nurses will send your children home form school:

  1. Cold, Coughing, Temperature over 100 degrees
  2. Vomiting, Diarrhea, Stomachaches
  3. Temperature of unknown origin
  4. Sore throat, Strep infections, Ringworm, Conjunctivitis, Impetigo. these are all infectious and must be treated with medication for at lease 24 hours but usually treated for 48 hours before returning to school. Please don't send them before this because they will infect the rest of the classroom.
  5. Rash of unknown origin - this can indicate many different things and should be checked by your pediatrician
  6. Pain should be taken seriously especially in young children. Earaches, toothache and headaches should be evaluated.

If you have any questions about any of the above, please call your school nurse and/or check with your pediatrician.






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