Staying Home from School: How to Prevent Sickness in the Classroom

Ivy Prep Team on April 26, 2019

The classroom is an established germ factory. And, while at our classroom locations we practice sanitation like washing hands, kids still tend to spread sickness like wildfire. But, there is one thing parents can do to prevent sickness from spreading in the classroom; keeping kids at home! While we understand that it’s not ideal to stay home to take care of a sick child, preventing sickness is important for the overall health of the classroom. So, how can parents know if it’s time to take a day off from work and stay at home with their sick child? And, what can parents do to further prevent the spreading of illness?

Preventing Sickness from Spreading

If you know that your child is developing a cold, you can teach him or her a few methods to prevent sickness from spreading to others. First and foremost, teach your child to wash their hands often, especially before stepping foot into the classroom and before and after meals. Furthermore, teach your child to cover a cough with a tissue or in the neck of their elbow. This helps to keep germs from spreading into the air.

When to Keep a Child Home from School

Staying Home from School: How to Prevent Sickness in the ClassroomObviously, the best way to prevent sickness from spreading in a school is to keep sick children at home. There are a few things that may determine if your child needs to stay home. Some of these identifiers include:

  • A fever of over 100 degrees
  • Diarrhea
  • Rash
  • Vomiting
  • Respiratory issues (coughing, sneezing, trouble breathing)
  • Ringworm
  • Pink eye

Get to the Doctor

If your child is showing any of the above symptoms or illnesses, it’s best to get proper care from your pediatrician. This will ensure that your child will get better as soon as possible, and can get back to enjoying their classroom. Furthermore, make sure that you provide any medications on time and according to specific physician instructions.

Tell the Classroom About Illness for Further Prevention

Another thing parents can do to help prevent sickness from spreading in the classroom is to identify teachers and school administrators. This will help educators to keep an eye out for other children showing signs of illness. And, to identify the parents of these children so they may stay at home as well. Before returning to school, make sure your child is free of any sickness-related symptoms for at least 24 hours.

How we Prevent Sickness from Spreading in our Classrooms

Here at Ivy Prep Early Learning Academy, we understand that children carry germs. So, we make sure to help teach children proper hygiene and sanitation like washing hands before and after meals. Additionally, we make sure to look for signs of sickness in children and notify parents of these illnesses so they may be prevented from spreading further.

Developing Good Personal Hygiene Practices in Children

If you’re looking for an early learning academy that invests in teaching children proper sanitation to secure classroom safety, consider Ivy Prep Early Learning Academy. Our New York City locations offer a variety of classrooms for every childhood age to allow young children to prepare for further education. If you’re ready to start viewing classrooms for your young child, schedule a tour of one of our facilities today right from our website.


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