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Health Resources

Does my Child Have the Flu?

The flu can be serious. If your child is at high risk for flu complications please contact your physician at the first sign of flu symptoms. Individuals at risk include those who are pregnant, have asthma or diabetes, have compromised immune systems, or have neuromuscular diseases. Symptoms of flu typically come on suddenly and can include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Dry cough


APS Nurses uniquely enhance the educational process by utilizing a standards/evidence-based practice to help students achieve academic excellence and promote a quality, safe learning and working environment for APS students. 

When Should You Keep Your Child Home From School?

Fever – The best way to check for fever is with a thermometer.  No child with a temperature over 100 should be sent to school.  Your child needs to be fever –free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medicine like Tylenol or Advil) before returning to school.

Mild cough/Runny nose - If there is no fever, and your child feels good, school is fine.

Bad Cough/ Cold Symptoms – Children with bad coughs need to stay home, and possibly see a doctor.  It could be a severe cold or possibly bronchitis, flu, or pneumonia.  However, when the cough improves, and the child is feeling better, then it is back to school.  Do not wait for the cough to disappear entirely – that could take a week or longer! 

Sore throat - If your child complains of a slight sore throat and has no other symptoms, he/she may go to school.  If white spots are in the back of the throat or if a fever is present, keep him/her home and call the doctor.

Rash – May be the first sign of one of childhoods’ many illnesses, such as chicken pox or measles.  A rash or “spots” may cover the entire body or may appear in only one area.  Please do not send a child to school with a rash or skin eruption until your doctor has said that it is safe to do so.

Stomachache, vomiting, or diarrhea – Consult your doctor if your child has a stomachache that is persistent or severe enough to limit his/her activity.  If vomiting occurs, keep your child home until he/she can keep food down.  A child with diarrhea should be kept home.  Call your doctor if prompt improvement does not occur.

Tooth pain – Consult your dentist.

Ear pain – Consult your doctor immediately.

Headache – A child whose only complaint is a headache usually does not need to stay home.

Ways to Keep Your Child Healthy

A child comes to school to learn.  We all know there are times when a child does not feel well enough to take part in school.  Often an illness is spread to others before the first symptoms appear.  The best way to keep these illnesses (such as colds or flu) from spreading is to take the following steps:

  • Teach your child to wash his or her hands frequently using plenty of soap and warm water.  Proper hand washing should take about 20 seconds or the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice.
  • Teach your child to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or in their sleeve (elbow).
  • Keep the child’s environment smoke free.
  • Try to minimize the time your child spends with other children who have cough or cold symptoms.
  • Teach your child to use and pack easy-to-use disinfecting wipes and/or hand sanitizers in child’s backpack.
  • Schedule and keep an annual well-child exam to follow changes in your child’s health.
  • Keep all of your child’s immunizations up-to-date, and include the recommended flu vaccination every year.
  • Serve a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, plus plenty of water.
  • If someone in the house is ill, wash all shared surfaces and sheets frequently, and change toothbrushes.
  • Keep surfaces such as door knobs, phones, remote controls, toys and keyboards disinfected.
  • Always make sure to consult your school nurse, school nurse practitioner or health care provider if you have any questions.