When to Stay Home

Guidelines For Keeping Your Student Home From School

Sick Children of any age should not attend school. Your child will benefit from extra rest and will recover more quickly while minimizing the spread of illness at school.

Fever - Students with any fever over 100 degrees during the night or morning before school should stay home. Students should be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications such as Tylenol or Motrin before returning to school. For fevers over 101 a call to the doctor may be necessary.

Head Lice - According to the Department of Public Health and Human Service recommendations, a student with a confirmed case of head lice may return to school after proper treatment. All cases of lice should be reported to the school nurse.

Conjunctivitis - (pink eye) According to the Department of Public Health and Service(pink eye), students with crusty, itchy, red eyes with thick yellow drainage should be excluded from school. Once a diagnosis of conjunctivitis is made, the student may return to school after 24 hours of antibiotic treatment.

Strep throat - In accordance with the Department of Health and Human Services guidelines, students with strep throat may return to school after 24 hours of antibiotic treatment and be free of fever.

Staph Infections - In accordance with the Department of Health and Human Service guidelines, all infections should be reported to nurse and all open wounds must be covered while at school/ school activities.

Rashes - In accordance with the Department of Health and Human Service guidelines, any student with an unusual rash, or rash with fever should be evaluated by physician prior to returning to school.

Vomiting and/or Diarrhea - Students should be kept home for any episodes of vomiting or diarrhea occurring within 24 hours of the school day.

All absences should be called into the attendance line at your child’s school. Please include symptoms of illness.

In addition please report any contagious illnesses, hospitalizations or injuries to the school nurse.

Doctor’s notes are required for activity restrictions related to illness or injury for physical education, wellness, recess or school related activities.

For illness/injury that occurs during the day at school, students should see the school nurse who will then assess student and arrange dismissal, when appropriate. Students should not contact parents/guardians to arrange dismissal without going to the nurse.