Getting Your Child Back to School After Illness

With the widespread influenza outbreak this season, there are likely many parents across the country grappling with how to determine when a sick child is well enough to return to school and how to prepare them to get back into a routine.

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Going back to school too early can cause your child to relapse and other children to become ill.

How do you find the right balance between allowing your child to recuperate fully and ensuring that he doesn’t fall too behind in his school work? And how do you know when it’s safe to go back to school after illness?

Balancing schoolwork

  • First, make sure you know how to get in touch with your child’s teacher to inquire about when missed schoolwork is compiled and sent home to a student (some schools don’t send work home unless a child is absent for multiple days), and make sure you’re aware of their policy on making up homework and other missed assignments. Most teachers now have school-assigned email addresses you may use to contact them.
  • Set aside a certain period of time each day your child is home to do school work and make sure he rests up beforehand. You’ll have to gauge your child’s energy level to determine how much work he’s capable of doing each day. Be sure to stick to this schedule, so the work doesn’t pile up and overwhelm your child.
  • If necessary, break up the allotted work time to allow your sick child to get the rest he needs. Of course, be on the lookout for a child on the mend trying to push the limits of your leniency.
  • Arrange for your child to be able to call a classmate with any questions on the assignments, as you may not be able to answer his questions regarding the teacher’s requirements.

When it’s safe to return to school

  • The CDC recommends not returning to school/work/camp, etc. until at least 24 hours has passed since you had a fever (100.0 degrees F and higher), without the aid of fever reducing medication.
  • It’s also advisable to keep your child home until you feel he has sufficiently regained his energy and is no longer experiencing any symptoms.
  • If your child seems to be taking a long time to get better or has worsening symptoms, see the pediatrician as soon as possible.

How do you decide when to keep your child home and when to let him return to school? Tell us below!

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