When to Stay at HomeGuidelines when deciding to keep your child home. If your child has any of these symptoms, please keep him/her home, or make appropriate childcare arrangements:
Bringing a child to school with any of the above symptoms puts other children and staff at risk of getting sick.
- APPEARANCE, BEHAVIOR - Unusually tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused or irritable. This is sufficient reason to exclude a child from school.
- EYES - Thick mucus or pus draining from the eye or pink eye (conjunctivitis).
- FEVER - Temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
- GREENISH NOSE DISCHARGE, AND/OR CHRONIC COUGH - should be seen by a health care provider. These conditions may be contagious and require treatment.
- SORE THROAT - Especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck.
- DIARRHEA - Three or more watery stools in a 24-hour period, especially if the child acts or looks ill.
- VOMITING - Vomiting two or more times within the past 24 hours. RASH - Body rash, especially with fever or itching. Diaper rashes, heat rashes and allergic reactions are not contagious.
- EAR INFECTIONS WITHOUT FEVER - Do not need to be excluded, but the child needs to get medical treatment and follow-up. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.
- LICE - Children may return to school after they have been treated and are free of live lice. School staff will recheck the student with their parent, in the school health room upon returning to school.
- SCABIES - Children with scabies can be admitted after treatment.
If all parents keep their sick children at home, we will have stronger, healthier, and happier students. While we regret any inconvenience this may cause, in the long run this means fewer lost school days and less illness for parents and children.
Last Modified on December 10, 2015