When to Keep a Sick Child Home from School
- COVID-19 Symptoms*:
- Fever (see below on the CDC's definition of a fever)
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
OTHER ILLNESS INDICATORS ON WHEN TO KEEP A CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL:
- Fever: CDC considers a person to have a fever when he or she has a measured temperature of 100.4° F or greater, or feels warm to the touch, or gives a history of feeling feverish. In certain situations, other methods of detecting a possible fever should be considered:
- self-reported history of feeling feverish when a thermometer is not available or the ill person has taken medication that would lower the measured temperature.
- the person feels warm to the touch.
- the appearance of a flushed face, glassy eyes, or chills if it is not feasible to touch the person or if the person does not report feeling feverish.
- Vomiting during the night or more than twice in the past 24 hours
- Diarrhea during the night or more than twice in the past 24 hours
- Strep Throat (must have been taking an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school)
- Bacterial Conjunctivitis, or Pink Eye (must have been taking an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school)
- Ear Infection (must have taken an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school)
- A bothersome body rash, especially with fever and/or itching that spreads quickly and has open, weeping wounds
- If a student isn’t vaccinated and there is concern that they may have possibly been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, please keep the child home and contact the student’s school for guidance.
IMPORTANT NOTE:If your student has a pre-existing condition that mimics COVID-19 symptoms, such as headaches, please ask their doctor to provide a note that the symptom is part of a pre-existing condition and that is not attributable to COVID and submit it to your child's school nurse. In this case, you would use your normal treatment plan and the student could come to school. In addition, if you ever wanted to double-check, you could have your child tested for COVID-19 at the BISD testing site.
What happens if my child is asked to quarantine?Updated September 2021