When to Keep a Sick Child Home From School

  • A student who is sick is not able to perform well in school and is likely to spread the illness to other students and staff. It is advisable to consult with your health care provider if your child is ill, or contact your school nurse for further guidance.
    According to best practice guidelines please do not send your child to school if he/she has:

    • A fever (an oral temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher). A fever is a common symptom when it occurs with a sore throat, an earache, nausea, listlessness or a rash. PLEASE keep your child home during the course of a fever - and for an additional 24 hours after the fever has passed without the use of fever-reducing medication
    • Vomited during the night or more than twice in the past 24 hours
    • Diarrhea during the night or more than twice in the past 24 hours
    • Strep Throat (must have been taking an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school)
    • A cold, with a very runny nose or bad cough, especially if it has kept the child awake at night
    • Bacterial Conjunctivitis, or Pink Eye (must have been taking an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school)
    • Ear Infection (must have been taking an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school)
    • A bothersome body rash, especially with fever and/or itching that spreads quickly and has open, weeping wounds