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Hainesport Township School District

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When To Keep Your Child Home

In an effort to control contagion, you may be asked to keep your child home from school when he or she is ill.  Your child will also benefit if students stay home when they are ill.  Please remember that acetaminophens and anti-inflammatory medications typically last about four hours.  If your child had a fever or other complaints and you medicated them before school, their symptoms will most likely return during the school day, at which point you may be contacted to pick your child up from school.
Guidelines to help you when making the decision whether or not to send your child to school:
  • Any child with a fever of 100 degrees or higher should remain at home.  Children should be fever-free, without the use of medication, for 24 hours before returning to school. 
  • Any child who is vomiting should be kept at home.  Your child should be without vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Children with very runny noses and/or frequent sneezing or coughs should be kept at home whether or not they have a fever.
  • Board policy requires that any student who is absent three (3) or more consecutive days must return with a note from his/her primary health care provider. 
Tips for keeping healthy:
  • The most effective way to stop the spread of germs is frequent hand-washing.  Please remind your children that they should wash their hands often, especially before eating.
  • School age children need 9-12 hours of sleep each night.  
  • Stay hydrated!