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 are required to be fever-free for a full 24-hour period without the use of fever-reducing medication (Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Tylenol, Acetaminophen) before returning to school.

…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 a full 24 hours after antibiotic treatment has started

…they have red, runny/watery eyes that are painful, severely itchy, red or swollen eyelids, or eyes that have any white, yellow, or greenish colored discharge or 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 honey-colored crusty 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 head lice. Students with head lice will be sent home from school. Students with head lice will need to be checked and cleared by the school nurse to ride the bus or return to school.

…they have had vomiting in the past 24 hours

…they have more than 2 episodes of diarrhea or loose stools in the last 24 hours

…they have persistent abdominal pain for more than 2 hours

…they have a persistent and/or uncontrolled cough

… they have large amounts of discolored nasal discharge

…they have ear pain or drainage from the ear

…they have a persistent headache

If your child is at school and displays any of these symptoms,you will be contacted and may be required to pick up your child.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.