Registered School Nurse
Cobb County Health Services
When does my child need to stay home?
We have very specific procedures outlined in Cobb County's JGC Policy: School Health Services. Please see below for some of our most frequent health issues and policy for participation in school.
a. Students will be sent home from school for:
(1) More than two episodes of diarrhea occurring during a school day.
(2) One episode of diarrhea if other symptoms are present (e.g. fever, abdominal discomfort, vomiting, etc.)
(3) Soiling themselves or their clothing.
b. Children may return to school 24 hours after the last diarrhea stool if they feel well and do not have a temperature over 99.5° F without taking a fever-reducing medication such as Tylenol.
a. Children will be sent home from school for:
(1) More than one episode of vomiting occurring during a school day.
(2) One episode of vomiting if other symptoms are present (e.g. fever, abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, etc.).
b. Students may return to school 24 hours after the last vomiting episode.
Fever (Normal oral temperature is 98.6 degrees F):
a. Low-grade (Oral temperature 99.5 to 100.9 degrees F):
(1) The school nurse will notify the parent/guardian of students with low-grade fever.
(2) Students with low-grade fever may remain in school if no other symptoms are present.
(3) Students will be sent home from school with low-grade fever if other symptoms (e.g. cough, sore throat, headache, abdominal discomfort, etc.) are present.
(1) Oral temperature of 101 degrees F or above:
(a) Students will be sent home from school for a high-grade fever.
(b) Students may not return to school until free of fever for 24 hours.
(c) Students will not be dismissed to the bus with a high-grade fever.
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