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School Illness Management

Reminders about School Illness

Illness Management Reminders 

As we head into late fall and winter, which is typically the time of year when there are increases in illness-related absences, Craven County Schools would like to offer the following reminders:

  • Sick students should remain at home.
  • Students may return to school once they are fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medications such as Tylenol or Motrin and other symptoms have improved
  • If vomiting or diarrhea is present, there should be no new episodes for at least 12 hours.
  • Students should feel well enough to fully participate in school activities.
  • Students may return with a parent’s note to excuse the absence (as an illness).
  • Parents should consider having their student seen by their primary doctor if they are running a fever of 100 or higher for more than 24 hours, vomiting several times in a 24-hour period or have  flu-like symptoms that are not improving.

    Parents should utilize the Emergency Department for symptoms that require immediate care:
  • Fast breathing or working hard to breathe;
  • Bluish skin color;
  • Not waking up or lethargic;
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with a fever and worse cough;
  • Unable to drink or eat;
  • Having no tears when crying (symptom of dehydration)
  • Fever with a rash. (Source:

*Please note that students who have underlying medical conditions or are immuno-suppressed may need to seek medical care from their doctor more quickly.