Rockland Public Schools Health Services
Information regarding general illnesses:
Colds, sore throats, and coughs
Most children will average six to eight colds per year. A child may attend school if the cold or cough symptoms are not associated with a fever.
If the child has a diagnosis of strep throat they may return to school after being on antibiotics for 24 hours.
Stomach aches, vomiting, diarrhea
A child experiencing vomiting and/or diarrhea should be kept home until symptoms have resolved for approximately 12 hours and it is determined the child is capable of consuming and keeping down food and liquid.
Fevers are generally considered a sign of infection. The child's temperature should be less than 100 degrees for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication before they return to school. This should allow the child's immune system time to recover from the current illness which caused the fever, and also allows the child a better ability to resist future illnesses.
Red Eyes / "Pink Eye"
If the white part of the child's eye appears red and produces a yellow or green crusty discharge, the child may have conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis is commonly referred to as "pink eye", and may be a contagious infection which usually requires treatment with an eye ointment. Your child may return to school after 24 hours of treatment.