John Chavis Middle School

  • Should I keep my child home or send him or her to school?

    Gaston County Schools recommend a child stay home if he or she:

    • Has a fever of 100.0 degrees or higher
    • Has been vomiting or has diarrhea Has symptoms that keep your child from participating in school, such as:

    o Very tired or poor appetite o Cough that he or she cannot control or sneezing often o Headache, body aches, or earache o Sore Throat-a little sore throat is ok for school, but a bad sore

    throat could be strep throat, even if there is no fever. Other signs of strep throat in children are a headache and stomach upset, or rash. Call your doctor if your child has these signs. A special test is needed

    to know if it is strep throat * Keep your child home if he is coughing or sneezing often because

    this spreads the sickness to others.

    • Please notify the school nurse if your child tests positive for the flu

    Remember the 24 hour Rule!!


    FEVER: Keep your child home until his or her FEVER has been gone WITHOUT medicine for 24 hrs. Colds can be contagious for at least 48 hours. Returning to school too soon may slow recovery and make others sick. IF your child has been sent home with a fever, they cannot return the next day!

    • VOMITING OR DIARRHEA: Keep your child home for 24 hours after the LAST

    time he or she vomited or had diarrhea.

    • ANTIBIOTICS: Your child may return to school 12 hours after the FIRST

    dose of antibiotics for anything like ear infection or strep throat as long as they have been fever free for 24 hours.

    We often have many children and adults with colds coming to school, and each one is passing their sickness to others. Please help others from becoming sick by keeping your child home while the sickest.

    For more information, or if you have questions, please contact the School Nurse.


    C.E. Fisher, M.D.


    Sick Day Guidelines

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