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Keeping Your Child Home From School

It can be hard to know when to send children to school if they tell you that they do not feel well.  Usually, the best place for them is in school, but there are some times when keeping them home to rest or call for an appointment with your health care provider is recommended.

Please do NOT send your child to school if...

…they have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher in the past 24 hours. Students need to be out of school for at least 24 hours after they are fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications (Tylenol/Motrin/Advil/Acetaminophen/Ibuprofen).

…they have had vomiting in the past 24 hours, especially if accompanied by poor appetite, diarrhea, or fever, or if vomiting is in the morning of the same day you intend to send them to school

…they have diarrhea or loose stools that cannot be controlled, that are bloody, or that spill out of underpants or diapers, or a diagnosis from a physician of an infectious cause until cleared by the physician to return to school

…they are too sleepy or ill to stay in class all day or benefit from school activities

…they have a significant and/or uncontrolled cough that makes them feel uncomfortable or that disrupts the class

…they have difficulty breathing, persistent crying, or significant irritability

…they have a sore throat accompanied by any fever, rash, and/or feeling ill, that lasts longer than 48 hours, or a physician confirmed diagnosis of strep throat until 24 hours after antibiotic treatment has started

…they have honey-crusted sores around the nose or mouth; any wet or weeping sores; or a physician confirmed diagnosis of impetigo until 24 hours after treatment has started

…they have a rash accompanied by other symptoms of illness such as fever or behavioral changes, until a physician confirms it is not contagious

…they have red, runny/watery eyes that are painful, severely itchy, red or swollen eyelids, or eyes that have any white or yellow drainage, or that distract a child from learning; or a physician confirmed diagnosis of pink eye/conjunctivitis until 24 hours after antibiotic treatment has started

… they have large amount of discolored nasal discharge especially if the child is feeling ill or has a fever

…they have severe ear pain or drainage from the ear

…they have a severe headache, especially if accompanied by fever or rash

…they have persistent abdominal pain for more than 2 hours or associated with fever, dehydration, or feeling very ill

…they have active head lice. Students with active head lice will be sent home from school. Please contact the school nurse for further information on when your child can return to school or ride the bus. 

…they have any condition that you think may be serious, contagious to others, or that would prevent your child from staying in class, participating comfortably in activities, or that may interfere with learning