Go by your school policy. Ours go home with dr note to return. My own kid's school, stay at school. Signs it really is pink eye
nly one eye affected, swollen, red, hurts, sensitive to light; itchy, sticky yellow matter, eyes matted shut after sleep, feels gritty to them, etc. Also, pull down their bottom eye lid-if really deep red most likely infected. There's usually more than one of these symptoms together. Signs it's allergies you have the watering, itchiness, and a little red most likely both eyes. Once you see enough of them you can usually tell right away if it's pink eye or not. The thing with pink eye is it gets worse quick. If you just aren't sure it's more likely allergies or early pink eye-too early to know for sure so too early to treat. If not sure, rinse out with saline, have them hold wet paper towel on it a sec to cool it down, have them wash their hands, and return to class. Call mom to keep an eye on it (no pun intended!) You can check back on them later if you want. If no worse than when you saw them a few hours ago most likely allergies.