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When Sick School Children Should Stay at Home

Dear Parent,

You should not send your child to school if she/he has any of the following:

  • Fever: Temperature above 100° F (taken by mouth) without the use of fever reducing medication.
  • Diarrhea: Any watery stools not contained in under clothes.
  • Vomiting: Throwing up.
  • Rash: Covering entire body.

When your child has these symptoms, he/she must be kept at home the next day from school. The child also needs to be without symptoms for a full 24 hours before returning to school.

If your child has:

  • Strep Throat: Students must be on antibiotic therapy for at least 24 hours and not have a fever of 100˚ F or above, without the use of fever reducing medication.
  • Communicable Disease: If your child has chickenpox, mumps, measles, rash all over their body or strep throat, he/she has to stay home until you have a note from a health care provider stating your child is not contagious and may return to school.

Signs your child may be getting sick and may need to stay home include: Excessive coughing and/or an upset stomach.

Current Phone Numbers

If we think your child is getting sick at school, we will call you. If you cannot be reached, someone on your emergency list will be called. Please be sure that all phone numbers are current.

When Is Sick Too Sick for School?

drawing of child who is not sick

Send me to school if:

  • I have a runny nose or just a little cough, but no other symptoms.
  • I have not had a fever for 24 hours without taking fever reducing medicine.
  • I have not thrown up for 24 hours.
  • I have not had diarrhea for 24 hours.

drawing of child who is sick in bed

Keep me at home if:

  • I have a fever: temperature of 100 F (taken by mouth) without the use of fever reducing medication.
  • I have diarrhea.
  • I am throwing up.
  • I have a rash (covering my entire body).

When your child has any of these symptoms, he/she must be kept at home the next day from school. The child also needs to be without symptoms for a full 24 hours before returning to school.