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Is Your Child Too Sick For School?


Early in the morning, it is often difficult to make decisions about whether or not your child should go to school.  With minor symptoms, you often cannot tell whether it is going to get better or worse during the course of the day.

The main reasons for keeping your child home are:

  1. If they are too sick to be comfortable at school
  2. If they might spread a contagious disease to other children.


A child should stay at home who has a fever of 100.0 degrees or greater, vomiting more than once, diarrhea, a very frequent cough, persistent pain (ear, stomach, etc.) or widespread rash.  Most of these problems need to be discussed with your child’s health care provider to determine if an office visit is needed. If your child has frequent complaints of pain that cause school absence, school avoidance should be considered. Bring this to the attention of the child’s doctor before a great deal of school has been missed.

On the other hand, children who do not have a fever and only mild cough, runny nose, or other cold symptoms can be sent to school without any harm to themselves or others.


Columbia County School System has established a policy which requires students to be fever-free (less than 100 degrees via oral thermometer) for 24 hours prior to returning to school.  Additionally, the student should be fever free without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.