When Do I Keep My Child Home Sick?

We have received many inquiries today from diligent parents regarding illness and absences.  Please refer to the Sick Children Policy in the AGCS handbook, found on pages 10 and 11, and below.  At this time, AGCS will utilize all policies in place regarding illness and absences.  

Common illnesses are unavoidable and always present in the community. The guidelines below regarding specific situations or illnesses will help you understand when your child(ren) may need to stay home from school or may be sent home sick from school. Please contact the nurses if you have any questions. AGCS nurses shall follow the current best practices of their profession in determining whether a student must be dismissed from school for health-related reasons.  

The specific symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.  If you are keeping your child home with these symptoms you should contact your healthcare provider.

Fever: Children with an oral temperature above 100 degrees should be kept home from school. Children that become ill at school with a fever above 100 degrees will be sent home. All children should be fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication (i.e., Tylenol or Advil) for 24 hours before returning to school.  

Additionally, if your child is vomiting, or has experienced two or more episodes of diarrhea in the last 24 hours, or who has vomiting/diarrhea accompanied by a fever they must be kept home until s/he can tolerate food and fluids and has not had an episode of vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours.