When to Keep Your Child Home from School

Following are guidelines for when to keep your child home from school.  As your child enters school, it becomes important to be aware of conditions that can spread as children are grouped together.  Please keep your child home if they experience:

DIARRHEA  Three or more water stools in a 24-hour period, especially if your child acts or looks sick.

FEVER   Temperature of 100 degrees or higher and confusion, diarrhea, earache, rash, sore throat, vomiting, cough, irritability, or headache.

RASH   Body rash, especially with fever or itching.

SORE THROAT   Especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck.

VOMITING   Two or more times within the pat 24-hours.

COMMON COLD   If your child has a long-term greenish nose discharge, and/or a chronic cough are symptoms that should be seen by a doctor.

EAR INFECTION   Your child may attend school after receiving treatment.  (Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss, and even more serious problems.)

EYES   Thick mucous or pus draining from the eye, or pink eye.  Your child can attend school after starting medical treatment.

LICE   Children cannot return to school until their hair has been treated with a lice product (shampoo or cream rinse) and the eggs or nits removed from the hair.  Also, each student must be checked by the health department or the doctor and be “Nit Free” with a note before they will be allowed to re-enter school - this should only take 1-2 days to complete.

SCABIES   Children with scabies may attend school after medical treatment has been started.

APPEARANCE/BEHAVIOR   Usually tired, pale, difficult to wake, confused or irritable, with lack of appetite.  If these problems persist, your child should be seen by a doctor.


       Your child can be sent home from school if they develop these conditions and it is noticed during school hours.


            If your child becomes sick or is injured at school, parents will be notified through the telephone numbers you provide.  Please make sure they arecorrect and up to date.


            If your child experiences a communicable condition such as chicken pox, strep throat, head lice, or scabies, please call the school nurse about any special needs related to that condition and attending school.


            If your child is absent because of illness, please send a note when they return to school.  Teachers are encouraged to be confidential with information about medical conditions.