How Sick is Too Sick

Indiana Department of Education

This information sheet is designed to be used as general guidance.

If you have a medical question, please consult your physician.

 

Symptom

Send to School

Keep at Home

 

Fever

During the past 24 hours, the student’s temperature has been below 100 degrees and

no fever reducing medication has been taken.

During the past 24 hours, the student’s temperature has been more than 100

degrees.

 

Diarrhea

During the past 24 hours, no more than one watery stool has occurred.

During the past 24 hours, more than one watery stool has occurred.

 

Vomiting

During the past 24 hours, no vomiting has occurred.

During the past 24 hours, vomiting has occurred.

 

Eyes

Eyes may be itchy, but are not red, crusty, or draining.

Eyes are pink, draining, crusty, itching, painful, sensitive to light, or student has

vision changes.

 

Cough/Runny Nose

Slight cough or runny nose, but no fever, and the student is able to cover cough, blow nose, and wash hands.

Symptoms are severe enough that the student is unable to learn. The student has a fever, or is unable to cover cough,

blow nose, or wash hands.

 

Rash

Rash is not draining or spreading. The student does not have a fever, and symptoms of itching

are not severe enough to impede learning.

Rash is bothersome and distracting. The student has a fever or severe itching, or

rash is spreading or draining.

 

Asthma

Symptoms are well controlled and the student knows when to contact a school adult for assistance or the student has an asthma action plan on file at the school and is following the

plan.

Symptoms are not well controlled. The student is not able to recognize when he/she needs assistance, and no asthma action plan is on file at the school.

 

For More Information, Contact:

Deanna Paddack, Chief Nurse Consultant, Indiana State Department of Health, dpaddack@isdh.IN.gov

Jolene Bracale, Student Health Services Specialist, Indiana Department of Education, JBracale@doe.in.gov

Lisa Truitt, State Attendance Officer, Indiana Department of Education, LTruitt1@doe.in.gov

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