When should I keep my child home because of illness?

There are times when a student should remain at home for his/her own welfare and for the protection of other students and staff. The following criteria may be used to determine when a child should remain at home:

  1. Sore throat and swollen neck glands accompanied by a fever
  2. Undiagnosed rash or skin eruptions
  3. Earache, red eyes or drainage from the eyes
  4. Any communicable disease
  5. Fever over 100.4 during the past 24 hours
  6. Vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours

If your son/daughter develops a communicable disease or condition, (e.g. chicken pox, strep throat, scarlet fever, fifth’s disease or head lice) please notify your child’s school nurse. This will enable us to monitor your child’s progress and other students/ staff exposure.  Students should remain at home a minimum of one day following the resolution of an acute illness. Please check the student’s temperature before returning to school. A student should be “fever free” for 24 hours before returning to school (without taking fever-reducing medication, such as Tylenol or Motrin).  Remember, the essentials of good health are good nutrition, plentiful fluids, regular exercise and plenty of rest.