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Guidelines for Keeping Students Home from School

The following guidelines are helpful to determine whether a student should be in school or kept home.


• Temperature over 100.0 F degrees. Your child should remain home until they have been fever free for a full 24 hours without the use of a fever reducing medication (acetaminophen - i.e., Tylenol or ibuprofen - i.e., Advil or Motrin). If your child is sent home from school with a fever they should not return to school on the following day.

• Vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours. If your child is sent home from school with vomiting and /or diarrhea or if your child has an episode of vomiting and/or diarrhea during the night, they should not be sent to school the following day.

• Cold symptoms, including an excessively runny nose, persistent cough, sore throat and headache. The symptoms are severe to the point that the child cannot pay attention or participate in class.

• Skin rash. Skin rashes are often difficult to evaluate. Skin rashes of unknown origin should be evaluated by your provider to determine what the rash is prior to sending your child to school. A student with a skin rash of unknown origin may be sent home from school until the rash is identified as non-contagious.

• Open and draining area on skin. All open wounds should be covered when your child is in school. A wound that is red, warm to touch, or looks like a boil should be evaluated by your physician.

• Red eye(s) with discharge that causes crusting on the eyelashes and difficulty opening the eye(s) upon awakening. This may indicate Pink Eye or conjunctivitis. This can be contagious and requires a visit to your physician. Your child should remain home for 24 hours after beginning medication treatment.

• Pain and/or generally not feeling well. If your child has pain and is not their typical self in the morning, ask yourself whether the child will be able to pay attention and participate in class. If the answer is no, keep your child home; they may be coming down with an illness. We realize that you know your child best and we want them in school healthy, and ready to learn..