Wellness Checklist

Too Sick for School?

The Mehlville School District nurses have created this list to help you make healthy decisions for your child and our schools.

When to stay home:

  • Fever of 100.4 degrees or higher
  • Feels too sick to participate in school activities
  • Needs fever or pain medication (like Tylenol or Motrin) to feel good
  • Moderate to severe cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Stomach pain
  • Sore throat
  • Diagnosed with COVID, flu, strep throat or pinkeye
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • New rash
  • Bloodshot eyes or excessive discharge

If a student develops these symptoms during the school day, nurses will use their discretion to determine whether a student should be sent home.

When to return to school following an illness:

  • No fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications like Tylenol or Motrin
  • Occasional cough
  • Feels good enough to fully participate in school activities
  • No vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours
  • 24-hours of antibiotics following a strep throat, pinkeye or ear infection diagnosis
Too Sick For School?
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