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When to Keep Your Child Home From School




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It is very important that you report your child's absence every time your child will be out of school. Please call in the morning if possible. Thank you.





When to Keep Your Child Home From School




When to Keep Your Child Home from School

  • Children too ill to participate in normal school activities should not be at school. Not only are they unable to benefit from education when ill, they also may infect other children and staff.
  • A child with a temperature greater than 100.5 degrees orally (101 rectally) should stay home until the temperature has been normal for 24 hours.
  • If a child does not appear ill, but has a temperature above 100 degrees orally, the temperature should be checked again after the child has rested quietly for 20 minutes in a room with a comfortable temperature.
  • A child who has vomited at least twice in 24 hours or is unable tolerate normal food and drink should stay home until the vomiting has stopped for at least 24 hours.
  • A child with diarrhea (3 or more watery stools in 24 hours) should stay home until the diarrhea has stopped for at least 24 hours. A child with persistent diarrhea should be seen by a doctor.
  • A child with a known or suspected communicable disease should stay home until a doctor approves his return to school, (in writing) or the symptoms are no longer present. Examples of communicable diseases: strep throat, chickenpox, shingles, herpes simplex, hepatitis A, impetigo, fungus skin infections (like ringworm), head lice, scabies, reddened eye with thick mucus or pus draining from it. When a child is diagnosed with such a disease, the school health office should be alerted.
  • A child with a rash of unknown cause should stay home until seen and released by a doctor as being not contagious, or until the rash is gone.
  • A child who has undergone a medical procedure requiring general anesthesia should stay home for at least 24 hours following anesthesia.
  • A child with upper respiratory infection (symptoms: persistent nasal discharge that is discolored, elevated temperature, excessive cough) should stay home until symptoms are improved at least 24 hours, or school attendance is approved by a physician.
  • A child without fever, but with a mild cough, runny nose, and nasal congestion may be at school with the approval of the health technician or school nurse.
  • A child who has been receiving antibiotic medication for at least 24 hours, and is without fever and otherwise well, may be in school.
  • If a child needs to take medication while at school, written physician and parent approval, along with medication in a pharmacy labeled container, is required.