• Guidelines for keeping children home from school

    It is often difficult to know when to keep your child home from school because of illness. When your child is sick he/she cannot learn effectively or actively participate in class. Keeping your child home from school when he/she is sick prevents the spread of illness to other children and staff and allows your child to rest and recover more quickly. Contact your child's school nurse if you are unsure if your child is well enough to attend school. Consult your child's doctor for the most accurate diagnosis and treatment.


    Children should stay home with a temperature of 100 degrees or more- especially if other signs of illness are present. Your child should be with no fever for 24 hours without using fever reducing medicine (Tylenol or Ibuprofen) before returning to school. Asprin and aspirin containing products should not be used in children under the age of 18.

    Upset stomach, vomiting and/or diarrhea:

    Children should stay home until 24 hours after the last time they had vomiting or diarrhea. If your child has vomiting or diarrhea during the night he/she should not be sent to school the next day. Your child should be able to eat and drink normally before returning to school.

    Cough, cold, runny nose:

    Children may come to school if they have a normal temperature and are feeling well enough to attend. The cough and runny nose seen with seasonal allergies or mild colds are NOT reasons to miss school. If your child develops ear pain, severe sore throat, difficulty breathing, or signs of the cold last more than 10 days; see your child's doctor.


    Children with a fever and rash should not come to school and should be seen by a doctor. Rashes that are blistered or draining should be evaluated by a doctor. Mild rashes seen with contact allergies (poison ivy for example), eczema, or other chronic skin conditions should not prevent your child from coming to school.

    Eye drainage:

    Children with severe eye drainage (lots of thick drainage) or drainage and redness that lasts more than 3 days should be seen by a doctor for diagnosis and treatment. If antibiotics are prescribed your child should stay home for 24 hours after starting the medicine. Keep hands away from eyes and wash hands frequently. Allergies, viruses and bacteria may cause "pink eye" and only a doctor can properly diagnose and treat this condition.


    Children should stay home for 24 hours after starting antibiotic therapy for any infection or illness.

    Head lice:

    Children with active head lice may not come to school and will be sent home from school. Children may return to school once they have been treated and have been evaluated in the health room and found to be free of live lice. Proof of treatment should be sent to school with the child. Nits (lice eggs) must be removed to prevent re-infestation of lice. A special comb is available to help with this. See the school nurse for more help and tips in dealing with nits.

    For more information, visit student health