How Sick is Too Sick for School?

It’s like clockwork. With the arrival of cold weather come winter colds and sniffles, posing the inevitable quandary for parents: How sick is too sick to send your child to school? Sometimes, it’s obvious. If your child is feverish and shaking or vomiting, he or she is probably in no condition to be learning. But what about a nagging cough or sore throat? Canyons District encourages school employees and students to stay home when:

  • They are not well enough or seem too run down to participate in class.
  • Their cold symptoms are accompanied by a fever of 101 F or higher.
  • They have a contagious illness, such as the flu or pinkeye/ conjunctivitis (crusty and red eyes with yellow or green discharge).
  • They have vomited two or more times in a 24-hour period, or have diarrhea.
  • They have been diagnosed with a bacterial infection, such as bronchitis or strep throat. In such cases, keep a child home for 24 hours after starting antibiotics. 
A word on lice: Once a child has been treated, he or she can return to school.

What Do Schools Do to Prevent the Spread of Disease?

Canyons District has about 5.8 million square feet of space to keep cleaned, which is accomplished each day with special attention paid to touchpoints, or highly-trafficked areas with which students come into direct contact, such as door knobs, computer keyboards, and drinking fountains. Deep-cleaning to combat specific illnesses entails using specialized chemicals and tools, such as electrostatic sprayers, which can cover an entire area with a bug-fighting coating of disinfectant. Parents can help by reminding children of the importance of good personal hygiene. The best way to stop the spread of disease is to thoroughly wash hands after using the restroom and before preparing or eating meals.
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