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Guidelines for Staying Home From School


Do not send your child to school with an illness that could spread.

Do not send your child if he/she would be miserable all day or would distract the other children. Have "just in case" care for your child in the event you are unable to stay home with your sick child.


APPEARANCE/BEHAVIOR: Unusually tired, pale, difficult to wake, confused or irritable, with lack of appetite are good indicators of illness.



If your child has minor cold symptoms, he/she may not need to be kept home from school. A long-term, (chronic) greenish nose discharge, and/or a chronic cough are symptoms that should be seen by a doctor.


DIARRHEA: If your child has two or more watery stools in a 24-hour period, especially if your child acts or looks ill, please keep them home for a 24-hour period.


EAR INFECTIONS: Your child may attend school after receiving medical treatment. (Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss, and even more serious problems.)


EYES: If your child has thick mucus or pus draining from either eye, or has had crust in the lashes or if the eye is very red/itchy and does not improve with allergy medicine. Please keep them home until treatment. Your child can attend school 24 hours after starting medical treatment.


FEVER: If your child has a Temperature of 100.0 F. or higher it is considered a fever. If they have fever, the student must be fever FREE for 24 hours before returning to school without the use of any fever reducers (such as Tylenol or Motrin).


RASH: If your child has a body rash, especially with fever and itching please keep them at home. Your child may return to school after either the rash is gone or a note is received from the physician stating they may return (based on it not being a communicable disease/contagious rash) and treatment has been started.


VOMITING: If your child has vomited two or more times within the past 24 hours, they may not return until they have not vomited for a 24 hour period. Students with vomiting at school will be sent home after only 1 time of vomiting unless non-illness related assessment findings are present (at the nurse discretion based on assessment).


SORE THROAT: If your child has a sore throat with fever, or swollen glands in the neck please keep them home. They may return 24 hours after medical treatment or 24 hours fever free and without fever reducers.


We will notify parents of students who have symptoms of contagious illness and request for immediate pick up.