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NCSS Fever Guidelines




If your child is sent home from, school or you discover a fever at home they should not return to school until he/she is fever-free WITHOUT the use of fever reducing medicine such as Tylenol and/or Ibuprofen for at least 24-hours. This ensures your child is not contagious and allows them the time they need to recover from illness symptoms.

Fever is a signal from the body that something is wrong; pay close attention to any other symptoms your child may display. If they have a runny nose and a low-grade fever (under 101°F), it usually means they have a common cold, while vomiting and diarrhea probably point to a stomach virus. In both cases, the fever tends to come on gradually and to disappear within a few days. Seasonal flu symptoms are different and often strike very suddenly.

Let your doctor know right away if your child complains of a sore throat, an earache, or pain with urination, since these ailments could signal strep throat, an ear infection, or a urinary tract infection, all of which may need treatment with antibiotics. You should also check in with your Doctor’s office if your child shows symptoms of dehydration, such as urinating less than usual or seems less alert than usual.