When should kids stay home?
Keeping your student home when they are sick is an important way to help prevent the spread of germs that cause illnesses. especially during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Keep your child home if:
- They have a temperature over 100.3
- They are coughing or have other significant respiratory symptoms.
- They have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last two weeks.
Your child will need to stay home for 7 days or no fever without medication to reduce it for 3 days, whichever is longer.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that your child be kept home if:
- He/she is not able to take part in normal school activities
- The illness causes an unsafe or unhealthy place for others at school
- The child requires care that cannot be managed at school
You should also keep your child home if he/she has:
- Vomiting: Two or more times within 24 hours
- Diarrhea: Three or more watery stools within 24 hours
- An open or oozing sore: Unless it is properly covered with a bandage that will not leak wound drainage while at school
There are many other infectious diseases that require a child to remain home from school for a period of time such as strep throat, pink eye, chickenpox, mumps and whooping cough (pertussis). Check with the school first before your child returns to school if he/she has had any of these conditions or any other less common infectious disease. Many diseases are preventable by vaccination including influenza (flu).
For immunization information, contact Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department at (253) 798-6410.