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When your child is sick

Should They Stay or Should They Go? When School Children/Youth are Sick

Attendance is important – but your child should not come to school when too sick to learn or there is a risk of making others ill.  

When you are questioning whether to send your child to school or not, please keep the following guidelines in mind: 

  • Fever ~ A temperature greater than 100.4 is considered a fever. Your child should be fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Vomiting and Diarrhea ~ Your child should be symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Rash ~ A rash is usually a sign of a viral illness. It may also be a reaction to a medication or chemical (plant, detergent).  If your child has an unusual rash or it is associated with a fever, contact your doctor.  Keep your child home until you have discussed the rash with your doctor. 
  • Cold, sore throat, cough ~ Children average six to eight colds per year. Your child may attend school if there is no fever.  If cold and cough symptoms are associated with a fever or they do not readily improve, call your doctor.

If your child has anything contagious (i.e. chickenpox, Fifth disease, strep throat, conjunctivitis, impetigo, MRSA, measles, pertussis, etc.), I need to know so we can take the necessary steps to prevent an outbreak.

If your child is being treated for an illness (pneumonia, bronchitis, ear infection, asthma), even if they don’t need medication at school, it is helpful for me to know, so I can provide the best care for them at school. 

If your child has sustained an injury ask your healthcare provider when it is safe to return to school and physical activities (physical education and recess).  Inform me so we can make the appropriate accommodations at school.  

Children with allergies or asthma are often affected more seriously by respiratory infections and may need to see a healthcare provider.

Absence Lines & Policies

The Pembroke Public Schools require the following procedures to verify pupil absences and address pupil safety concerns in Grades PreK through 12: Parents are expected to call the school as soon as it is determined that a child is to be absent or late.  Please call as early as possible.  (See below for phone numbers.)

We encourage you to call on the day prior to the child's absence if you know such will occur: medical appointments, out-of-town visits, etc.  

For students who are absent, parents will be notified of a student's absence through our blackboard community web manager alert system.  An automatic phone call and an email will go to the contact information provided. This automated call will be sent even if a parent reported the child's absence to the school.  If you had reported your child's absence to the school and you receive the automated absence call, you may disregard the call.  

If your child is going to be absent please call the numbers listed below:

Pembroke Preschool

Bryantville Elementary School

Hobomock Elementary School

North Pembroke Elementary School

Pembroke Community Middle School

Pembroke High School