When to Keep Your Child Home from School

  • Please keep your child home from school if any of these conditions exist:

    • Temperature above 100 degrees F
    • Vomiting or diarrhea
    • Eye redness and/or drainage
    • Undiagnosed rash anywhere on the body
    • Severe sore throat or headache
    • Persistent untreated cough
    • Head lice that has not been treated

    It is important to remember that schools are required to exclude students with certain illnesses from school for periods of time as identified in state rules.

    For example, if your child has a fever over 100 degrees, he or she must stay out of school until fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications. In addition, students with vomiting or diarrheal illnesses must stay home until they are no longer vomiting or have diarrhea (without the use of medications) for at least 24 hours.

    Students with suspected pink-eye will be sent home and referred to their physician for diagnosis and treatment. Students with bacterial pink-eye must be treated with antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school. Consult with your physician for information about how long to keep students home from school for other illnesses.

    If your child is diagnosed with a communicable illness such as flu, strep throat, pink-eye, chicken pox, staph/MRSA infection, any reportable illness, or any vaccine-preventable illness, please let your school nurse know.