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Sick Day Guidance and Health Information

Cold and flu season is upon us. According to the Centers for Disease Control and the Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia is experiencing high rates of flu as well as high rates of other common viral illnesses.  We encourage you to speak with your child’s physician about them receiving their yearly check-up as well as their yearly flu vaccine. To help stop the spread of flu and other contagious illnesses in our schools, we ask that you keep your child home from school if they:

  • Have a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher.  Your child can return to school after being fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of any fever-reducing medications such as Tylenol or Motrin.

  • Have been vomiting or had diarrhea within the last 24 hours. Your child should be free of vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school.

  • Have symptoms that prevent them from participating in schools, such as:

    • Excessive tiredness or lack of appetite

    • Persistent coughing that could keep them from focusing on their education

    • Headache, body aches, or significant ear pain 

    • Unexplained skin rashes or sores, crusty inflamed eyes, or other signs of contagious illnesses that impact your child's learning, such as: runny/stuffy nose, sore throat, watery red eyes, and fever/chills.

    • Sore throat- a minor sore throat is usually not a problem, but a severe sore throat could be strep throat, even if there is no fever.  Other symptoms of strep throat include headache and stomachache.  Contact your pediatrician for any concerns.  If your child has been diagnosed with strep throat, they must be on antibiotics for a full 24 hours and fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours before returning to school.

    • Red, swollen, itchy eyes with discolored drainage or crusting.  If your child has been diagnosed with “pink eye,” they must be on their prescribed eye drops for at least 24 hours before returning to school.

  • Call your child’s healthcare provider for any questions or concerns about your child’s health.

To help keep your child healthy, encourage them to:

  • Get plenty of rest

  • Drink lots of healthy beverages and eat a well-balanced diet

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and/or cough/sneeze into their elbow

  • Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.  If no soap and water are available, hand sanitizer should be used.

  • Avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with your child’s school nurse or call Dr. Dianne Hannak, the nursing coordinator, at 770-422-3500 ext. 7249.


For further guidance on when to keep your child home from school, see the CHOA recommendations.