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Signs Of Illness
Mary Vogt
Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Parents are often confronted with this decision when their child complains of not feeling well.  The guidelines shown below may be helpful.  It will not cover every medical condition and 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 (without the aid of Tylenol or Motrin) for 24 hours before returning to school.

Vomiting/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 stools should not attend school.  If there is cramping/abdominal pain with diarrhea, the student may be more comfortable at home.  A question to consider –would you go shopping or to work with the same symptoms your child has?

Sore throat/colds/cough:  Minor cold symptoms are common and usually don’t interfere with school attendance.  A persistent, frequent cough and/or constant nasal drainage may affect your child’s performance at school, and he/she may be more comfortable at home.

Rash:  A rash may cover the entire body or one area.  A child that has a rash that is draining, has open areas or is causing the child to itch excessively should not attend school.  A rash accompanied with other symptoms such as: fever, sore throat, irritability, vomiting, etc. should not attend school.

Eyes:  A child who wakes up with their eyes “glued” together may have “pink eye” or conjunctivitis.  Other symptoms are redness (or pink) of the eye, gritty feeling in the eyes, itching and discharge of the eye.  We are unable to determine at school if it is viral or bacterial pink eye or even if it is contagious or non-contagious.  A doctor must do this.  Please keep in mind that pink eye is highly contagious and we need to work together to prevent an entire classroom from exposure.  Your child needs to stay home on medication for 24 hours before returning to school.

If your child is not able to attend school please call the office [217-762-8511, ext. 2250] by 9:00 am.  If you e-mail his or her teacher please notify the office as well by e-mailing Mrs. Shiley at and Mrs. Moffett at