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How sick is too sick for school?

Posted on: January 31, 2020
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As we finish up the first month of the new year, here are some reminders from Nurse Connie regarding symptoms that indicate the need for your child to stay home from school:

  1. If they have had, or currently have, a fever of 100.4 or higher they need to stay home until they have been fever free for 24 hours (without fever reducing medicine). Once they have been fever free for 24 hours, use your good judgement on sending them. If they cannot participate in learning, then they need to stay home another day.

  2. If they have vomited 2 times in the last 24 hours, then they need to be vomit-free for 24 hours from the last episode before they return to school. If they have another episode, the 24 hours starts all over.

  3. Diarrhea - same guidelines as vomiting.

  4. If they have cold symptoms and no fever, but are coughing and do not feel well and/or cannot participate in learning, then they need to stay home from school.

  5. If they are complaining of a headache and treatment hasn’t helped, then they need to stay home from school.


Don’t forget to teach and practice flu/virus prevention at home:

  1. Wash, wash, wash those hands for 20 seconds. If soapy water is not available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.

  2. Don’t touch your mouth, nose, or eyes with unwashed hands. Same goes for eating.

  3. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or cough/sneeze into your elbow/sleeve.

  4. Keep your distance from someone who is sick. Don’t eat or drink after someone who is sick.

  5. Frequently clean and disinfect surfaces that are used often whenever someone in the house is sick - light switches, door knobs, refrigerator handle, phone, computer/laptop/chromebook keyboard, tech touch screens, tv remotes, etc. 

Let’s stay healthy out there.

Nurse Connie,
Wilmington City Schools