When to Keep Your Child Home
Students will be sent home from school if they have signs and symptoms of a contagious communicable disease, a temperature of 100.0 degrees or above, have vomited, have abnormal episodes of diarrhea, have an unexplained spreading rash, excessive coughing, sore throat and fever or have had experienced an accident requiring a doctor’s attention.
A child who shows signs of illness should not come to school. Remember, this practice is for the sick child’s own benefit as well as the protection of the other children at school. In the event the school nurse contacts the parent to pick up an ill or injured child, you are reminded that it is the parents’ responsibility to arrange for transportation as quickly as possible. Please make sure that the nurse has emergency contact numbers on file in the event the parent cannot be reached. The child will be permitted to lie down until someone can pick him or her up at school.
Your child should stay home if any of these symptoms are present:
- Fever of 100.0 degrees or higher
- Nausea or vomiting
- Unexplained skin rash or sores
- Reddened, swollen or watery eyes, and/or conjunctivitis
- Red or swollen joints
- Excessive coughing or sneezing
- A sore throat accompanied with fever
- A headache or an earache accompanied with fever
If your child has a fever, s/he should be kept home until the temperature has been normal for 24 hours without the aid of medication. Children on antibiotic therapy for any infection must have completed a 24-hour course of medication before returning to school. A child sent home at noon with a fever should not return to school the following day. Children should remain home if they have vomited or experienced nausea or diarrhea during the night. Children must stay home free of vomiting and diarrhea for at least 24 hours.