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Cooler Weather is Coming, and Maybe a Cold, Too

It’s 6:30 on Tuesday morning and your child gets up saying, “I don’t feel good.” How do you decide whether to send him to school or keep him home? It’s not an exact science, but the guidelines below will help.

  • Take your child’s temperature. Though a child may not have a fever and still be sick, a temperature of 100.4o or over is a sure sign to keep your child home. Giving a fever reducer and sending him to school will almost guarantee a call from school when the medicine wears off, as well as exposing other students to whatever your child has.
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  • If your child vomited or had diarrhea during the previous evening or night, please keep him home. If symptoms continue for more than 48 hours or worsen instead of improving, consult the doctor.
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