We are getting a lot of enquiries about whether children with sickness should be kept at home or sent to school.
Below are some guidelines to help parents make decisions about this:
- Keep your child at home if they have a temperature of over 38 degrees. They should stay at home until they have been clear of the fever for 24 hours.
- If your child is so sick they are not eating or drinking.
- If they have a rash
- If they have diarrhoea. – They need to be clear 24 hours before they return.
- If your child is sick and miserable and you think it will impact on their ability to function and learn they should stay at home.
Presently they most the sickness we are seeing is the normal winter sickness.
In terms of COVID, the only people that should be away from school are:
- Those confirmed with COVID
- Those waiting for COVID test results
- Those self-isolating due to travel or directed to by the Ministry of Health.
Anyone who is a contact of a ‘close contact’ is not required to self-isolate. Close contacts are self-isolating as a precaution only and will be monitored for symptoms. For example – a child who had close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19 will be asked by health authorities to self-isolate for 14 days from when they last had contact with the confirmed case. Their family members and other close contacts of the child are not required to self-isolate unless they have also had close contact with a confirmed case.
At the end of the day, parents are pretty good at knowing when their child is not well enough to attend school. Trust your instincts.