Last Modified on October 13, 2020
When Should My Child Stay Home?Guidelines 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:
- APPEARANCE/BEHAVIOR: Unusually tired, difficult to wake, pale, skin rash, lack of appetite; these are often signs of underlying illness.
- FEVER: Temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher. Child may be sent home without a fever if other symptoms are present.
- SORE THROAT: Especially with fever and/or swollen glands.
- VOMITING/DIARRHEA: Within the past 24 hours.
- COUGHING: Severe coughs should be evaluated by a healthcare provider to rule out Pertussis (Whooping Cough).
- NASAL DRAINAGE/COUGH: Yellow or green nasal drainage and/or chronic coughing may prevent your child or other students from being able to concentrate. They may expose others to illness, especially if they cannot control their secretions.
- RASH: Any rash of unknown cause should be considered contagious. Please have your child examined by a healthcare provider to determine the cause and communicability of the rash before sending him/her to school. The school may require a note from the healthcare provider stating that the rash is not contagious.
- OTHER: For other specific diseases or health difficulties, it is always a good idea to contact the school nurse.