Sickness happens, especially with children. Sneezing, sniffles, headaches, and the like are a fairly common occurrence throughout the school year at St. Cecelia. However, there are some instances when a child should stay home from school due to sickness. Are you unsure about whether or not to keep your child from attending St. Cecelia for the day? Read on below for answers and guidance.
If your child has had a fever within 24 hours of the next school day, they need to stay home from school. A fever is the body fighting infection and often comes with headaches, lethargy, and other symptoms that make the school day difficult and puts a lot of strain on the body. A child must be fever free for 24 hours before they can return to St. Cecelia for class. If your child has a high fever (101° or above) for more than a day and it hasn’t been affected by fever-reducing medication, you should take them to the doctor immediately.
Have They Been Vomiting?
Stomach bugs are no joke. If your child has vomited or had diarrhea within the past 24 hours, they should not attend school. Keep them at home where they can be comfortable and hydrated until their stomach settles. More than 48 hours of vomiting and diarrhea requires medical attention.
Do They Have a Rash?
A rash should be checked by a doctor before your child returns to school. Rashes like poison ivy can be extremely contagious and should be taken care of before returning to class. Rashes can also be a symptom of other illnesses and shouldn’t be disregarded without proper medical attention.
Do They Have a Sore Throat and Cough?
A sore throat in and of itself isn’t cause to miss school. When it is paired with a consistent cough or persistent sneezing, it is cause for concern. A cold can quickly turn into a sinus infection, lead to ear infections, and much more. Keep them at home until they are feeling better.
If you aren’t sure whether or not to keep your child home from school, feel free to call the St. Cecelia school office for more information. Be sure to call the school to inform the office that your child will not be attending class that day, so they have accurate attendance records.
St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School (SCS) offers an academically challenging and globally minded interdisciplinary education to children in PreK-3 through 8th grade.