Dear MVSD families:

We are receiving lots of questions about keeping kids home for specific symptoms.

Let’s look at the most common questions:

Should my child stay home from school today?

Please keep your child home if they have:

  • Fever over 100 degrees (or feels especially warm to the touch)

  • NEW frequent, productive cough or sneeze (with lots of mucous!)

  • Any combination of symptoms that mean your child just won’t be able to learn at school today (not necessarily related to COVID-19):

    • Very sore throat

    • Very stuffy or runny nose that is distracting or unmanageable

    • Unusual tiredness

    • Lack of appetite

    • Eyes: watery, unable to focus, sensitive to light

    • Vomiting

My child is getting over an illness, but still has a cough.

Sometimes coughs can linger for weeks after an illness.  Your child is welcome at school as long the worst part of the illness has passed and the child is fever-free without medication.

It is allergy season and my child is sneezing a lot.

Allergies are not contagious.  Your child is welcome at school.  Please do instruct them to cover sneezes and wash hands often.

I already took my child to the doctor and the doctor said they could come to school.

Great! Please bring your child to school if they feel well enough.

I do not own a thermometer, what should I do?

You can purchase an inexpensive thermometer at any grocery store, drug store, big box store.

It really is the best tool for assessing illness at home.

If you are not able to purchase a thermometer, check your child’s forehead with the back of your hand.  If it feels especially warm and your child appears ill to you, best to keep them home for them day.

When can we return to school after an illness?

When the child is fever-free for 72 hours without medication.

When the child has not had vomiting or diarrhea for at least 24 hours.

When you think your child has enough energy to participate in school activities.

If you go to the doctor, return whenever the doctor says it is safe.

How does medicine affect the fever?

Medicines like Tylenol and Ibuprofen can make it seem like the fever is gone, but it can come back when the medicine wears off.  If your child needs medication to keep a fever under 100 degrees, they are not ready to return to school.

When should I call my doctor?

Please call your doctor for:

  • Difficulty breathing (with or without cough)

  • High fever

  • Deep, wet cough with fever

  • Significant symptoms in a child with a compromised immune system.

  • Symptoms that do not start to get better after 5-7 days.

Students are welcome at school with typical mild cold symptoms:

  • Stuffy nose, 

  • Infrequent, dry cough

  • Infrequent sneezes

  • Watery eyes

  • No fever

  • Generally feeling energetic enough to come to school

My child has a compromised immune system, what should I do?

Please consult your provider about your child’s specific medical concerns. 

As with any flu season, also keep watch on community and sc