Should I send my child to school?”


Sometimes parents are unsure whether their child is too sick to go to school, and the child is sent to school not feeling well. Many times these students come to the clinic and ask to go home. Since I have criteria that must be met before I can send a student home, it is important that parents carefully evaluate their child’s condition before sending them to school. As always, please feel free to call or e-mail if you have any questions.


The tough morning decision—“Do I send my child to school?”

Just a reminder…DO NOT send your child to school if ANY of these symptoms or signs are present in the previous 24 hours:

  1. vomiting, nausea and abdominal pain

  2. elevated temperature (100 degrees or higher)

  3. repeated diarrhea

  4. acute cold, sore throat or persistent cough

  5. red, inflamed or discharge from eyes

  6. unusual lethargic (sleepy) behavior


There will be times when it is difficult to tell when your child is too ill to go to school. Like adults, children have very different tolerances to discomfort or illness. Even with the common cold, some are able to function fine while others are miserable. If your child is coughing continuously, he or she won’t be able to concentrate and will disrupt others in the classroom. A day of rest at home combined with lots of fluids speeds their recovery. Be sure to let the school know where you can be contacted in case your child becomes ill at school. Also, an antibiotic must be taken for a full 24 hours before your child should come back to school, eg: step, pinkeye.