Middleborough Public Schools
WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME
Each day many
parents face a difficult decision as to whether their child is ill enough to
keep at home.
We hope the following guidelines will assist parents in making that decision.
note that these are guidelines only.
Your child�s physician should always be contacted with any medical concerns.
- We consider a temperature of 100 degrees or higher a fever.
- Children should remain at home until symptom-free
for 24 hours and able to ingest fluids and food comfortably.
- If your child has discomfort from their cold symptoms
consider keeping them home. A continuous cough
and/or continuous or green nasal drainage may need to be evaluated by your
- Your child must be on an antibiotic for 24 hours after
the first dose before returning to school. Good hand-washing
for the entire family is essential to prevent its spread.
THROAT - Children cannot return to school until 24 hours after
the first dose of antibiotic is taken. They should feel well enough to
return to school. Some children feel ill for several days with strep
RASH - Children with rashes that are suspicious should
have them evaluated by a physician and be cleared to
return to school.
- Please contact the school nurse if your child
is diagnosed with mono. Your child�s physician will most likely place
restrictions on their physical activity and
temporary accommodations can be arranged at school.
Please refer to our link
section for specific information
on treating head lice. Children must be treated with a pediculocide (such as
Nix) before returning to school. Please contact your
child�s physician for advice on which product he recommends. You should
accompany your child to school and the nurse will check them before they
return to the classroom.
DISEASE - Children are no longer contagious by the time symptoms
appear with this viral illness. Fifth�s disease is of concern to pregnant
women and should be reported to the school nurse.
- Your child should remain at home five days or until all
areas are crusted over, completely dry and no new areas are breaking out.
- Your child must remain at home until 24 hours after the
first dose of antibiotic. Again, good hand washing is essential for the