I started thinking about how a parent knows whether to keep a child home from school. Over the years I taught a lot of children who should not have been at school. Of course, there are also those who stay home with a paper cut, but that's a whole other story.
I started looking online and found some good websites. One of them (number 1 on the list below) gives the following recommendations:
The main reasons for keeping your child home are:
– He’s too sick to be comfortable at school.
– He might spread a contagious disease to other children.
As a rule of thumb, a child should stay home if he has:
– A fever higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
– Vomited more than once
– A very frequent cough
– Persistent pain (ear, stomach, etc.)
– A widespread rash
More good information can be found at the following websites: