Jackson County Health Department

Promoting Health, Preventing Illness, Protecting our Environment and Preparing for Emergencies

How do I know if my child is sick and should stay home from school?

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests asking these questions:

  • Does your child have a fever?
    • Fevers of 101° F or more are generally a sign of illness, so children should stay home from school.
  • Is your child well enough to engage in class?
    • If your child seems too run down to be attentive in class, keep your child home.
  • Do you think your child has a contagious illness, such as the flu or pinkeye?
    • If so, keep him or her at home until no longer infectious.
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Murphysboro, IL 62966

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