Nurse's Notes: Too Sick for School?

Too Sick for School?

How to tell when to keep your child home from school

by Rachel Crockford, BSN, RN, TJS School Nurse

Many parents have a difficult time knowing when to keep their child home from school. It is not always easy to tell. When managing a sick child, it is best to ask yourself, "Can my child participate in daily school activities?"

Having a sore throat, congestion or even a cough may not warrant a day at home. If your child is still on the go, no reason to hold them back. If they are sleeping more, lethargic or even more "needy" than usual, it may warrant a day at home.

If a child has fever or has vomited they may not return to school until they have been symptom free for 24 hours. You know your child best, trust your instincts they usually don't steer you wrong.

This blog was originally shared in Nurse's Notes, a monthly newsletter by Nurse Rachel Crockford, BSN, RN.
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Rachel Crockford

About the Author

Rachel is a registered nurse who earned her Bachelor of Science from Drexel University in Pennsylvania. She extensive nursing experience in pediatric care, and previously worked at an elementary school in Virginia Beach. Rachel's family moved here from the east coast, and her husband is pursuing his MBA at Rice University. She has two children, Duke and Colt.

Degrees Held
Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Drexel University
Bachelor of Arts in History & Political Science from University of Pittsburgh

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