Should I keep my student home today?

As a parent, have you ever wondered when you should keep your student home from school due to illness or another health related reason? Below are some helpful tips on when to exclude your student from coming to school.

  • Appearance & Behavior
Unusually tired, pale, difficult to awaken, confused, or irritable, with lack of appetite. These problems are sufficient reason to exclude a child from school.
  • Ear Infections
Your child may attend school after receiving medical treatment. (Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss, and more serious problems.)
  • Fever
Temperature of 100 degrees or higher. May be asociated with confusion, diarrhea, earache, irritability, rash, sore throat, vomiting, cough, or headache. Do not send to school until your child has been fever-free for 24 hours (without medicine).
  • Rash
Body rash with evidence of infection should not attend school.
  • Vomiting
Vomiting two or more times within the past 24-hours. Child should not go to school.
  • Diarrhea
Three or more stools in a 24-hour period especially if your child acts or looks ill.
  • Eyes
Thick mucus or pus draining from the eye, or pink eye. Your child probably can attend school immediately after starting medical treatment.
  • Lice and Scabies
Children cannot return to school until their hair has been treated with lice shampoo. Proof of treatment must be brought in along with the child. Children with Scabies can return to school after treatment has started.
  • Sore Throat
Especially with a fever or swollen glands in the neck should not attend school.
  • Common Cold
If your child has minor cold symptoms, but does not have symptoms described above, they may not need to be kept home from school. A long-term (chronic) greenish nasal discharge, and/or a chronic cough are symptoms that should be seen by a doctor.