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When to Keep Your Child Home from School

Please be respectful of teachers and students.  If you bring your child to school or on the bus with the following symptoms, you are exposing everyone else in the school.

Do not send your child to school, if sick, or for the nurse to check their temp.  We will call you and send your child home with temperature of 100.0 or more, or any of the following illnesses.

Fever – If your child’s temperature is 100.0 degrees or higher the day of school or within the previous 24 hours, keep your child home.  Your child needs to be fever-free for 24 hours (without use of fever reducing medicine) before returning to school.  While at home, encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids.

Diarrhea and Vomiting – If your child vomits or has diarrhea the day of school or within the previous 24 hours, keep your child home.  Return to school 24 hours after the last episode (without use of medication).

Asthma – Symptoms, including persistent cough, not responding to medication. See the doctor for evaluation.

Pink Eye (conjunctivitis) – Your child has pink eyes with drainage, or dried crust in the eyelashes.  Keep your child home until a doctor gives the okay to return to school. Pink eye is highly contagious and can be from a virus or bacteria. Your doctor will determine if an antibiotic is required. Your child can return to school 24 hours after antibiotic treatment begins and with a doctor’s note.

Earache – The child needs to see the doctor for evaluation.

Skin Rash – Children with a rash should see a doctor, as this could be caused by several infectious diseases.  It is up to your doctor to determine the cause of the rash.

Sore Throat – A minor sore throat is usually not a problem, but a severe sore throat could be strep and needs to be seen by a doctor, even if there is no fever.  Other symptoms of strep throat are headache and stomachache.  If positive for strep, your child can return to school 24 hours after antibiotic treatment begins.

Severe Cough / Cold Symptoms – Severe/persistent cough need to see the doctor. It could possibly be bronchitis, flu, asthma or pneumonia.  Once the cough improves and your child is feeling better, then it’s okay to return to school.  Don’t wait for the cough to disappear entirely – that could take a week or longer!

Mild Cough / Runny Nose – If no fever (100.0 or more), and your child feels fairly good, school if fine.

When to Return to School


- Fever free (below 100.0) for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.

- Symptom free (vomiting and diarrhea) for 24 hours before returning to school.

- According to school policy, before a child can return to school: strep throat, impetigo and pink eye (bacterial) require 24 hours of medication at home.

- Chicken pox, all lesions must be dry scabs and also wait until 24 hours have passed with no new lesions, approximately 5-7 days into illness, before the child can return to school.

- Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease: student can return to school once fever free for 24 hours.

- Mumps: exclusion is until 5 days after the onset of swelling.

- Live Head Lice or nits closer than 1/4" from the scalp.  Children will be sent home to receive treatment.  Before being readmitted to school, the school Health Services Staff will check that the student is lice free and that nits are not closer than 1/4" from the scalp.

Please notify the school nurse/health aide if your child contracts any contagious disease, including, but not limited to:  strep throat, conjunctivitis, head lice, impetigo, Fifth’s disease, chicken pox, measles, whooping cough, mononucleosis, scabies, mumps and scarlet fever.

If your child will be absent, please notify the school.

  Elementary: 928-4795  Middle School: 928-5511  High School 928-4667

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