Child Development Center

photo of washing handsWhat Do I Do When My Child Is Sick?

This is a guide to help parents and teachers make decisions about sending or keeping children home from school. It is not a comprehensive list of illnesses children might be sent home with, so when you are in doubt do not hesitate to call us or your child’s doctor.

For immunization information, see the Texas Department of State Health Services Immunization Branch.

Guidelines for Illness at School
Illness/Infection/Symptom Should You Stay Home? When Can You Come Back?
Chicken Pox YES When all the pox have scabbed over
Cold NO (without fever)
YES (with fever)
See fever guidelines
Coxsackie (hand, mouth, and foot disease) NO SMILE: You’re In School
Diarrhea YES 24 hours after last diarrhea symptoms
Ear Infection NO (with doctor diagnosis) SMILE: You’re In School
Fever of 100 or greater (undiagnosed illness) YES 24 hours after fever subsides, and when fever medications have not been taken within the past 8 hours
Fifth Disease NO (without fever)
YES (with fever
See fever guidelines
Giardia YES When diarrhea subsides, or your doctor approves readmission
Impetigo YES Once treatment has begun
Lice YES After 1 treatment has been given
Pink Eye YES 24 hours after treatment has begun
Unidentified Rash YES When rash is gone, unless your doctor approves readmission
Ring Worm NO (but you must keep area covered) SMILE: You’re In School
Roseola YES (with fever) See fever guidelines
Rota Virus YES When diarrhea subsides, or your doctor approves readmission
Strep Throat YES 24 hours after beginning treatment, and when you are fever-free
Thrush NO (but you should seek treatment) SMILE: You’re In School
Vomiting YES 24 hours after last vomiting