Regional School District 13

135A Pickett Lane, Durham, CT 06422 | 860.349.7200

Is My Child Too Ill to Go To School?

Parents are often confronted with this decision when their child complains of not feeling well. Below you will find some guidelines to help you with this decision. This list, however, does NOT take the place of seeking medical attention. Please consult your doctor for specific medical advice.
Fever — 100 degrees or higher
  A fever is a sign of illness. A child with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher should not attend school. The child should be free of fever for 24 hours or more before returning to school.
 
Vomitting/Diarrhea
  A child who has vomited should wait 24 hours and be able to retain solid foods before returning to school. A child who is having frequent diarrhea should not attend school.
 
Colds/ Cough/Sore Throat
  Minor cold symptoms usually do not interfere with a child's ability to focus at school. However, persistent, frequent coughing or other more severe symptoms may affect your child's school performance and your child may be more comfortable at home.
 
Rash
  A child who has a rash that has open, sore areas or a rash that causes itching should not attend school. If the rash is accompanied by such symptoms as fever, sore throat, etc. the child should not attend school.