When Do I Keep My Child Home from School?

In most situations the school prefers children to come to school and if they become ill at school, the parent/guardian will be notified. However, here are a few guidelines to help parent/guardian in deciding when to keep a child from school.

  1. CHICKENPOX Your child should be kept home from school from the time you first notice symptoms until all spots are scabbed over (approximately one week).

  2. CONJUNCTIVITIS (Pink Eye) If your child has symptoms of conjunctivitis (red eyes, red swollen eyelids, watery or yellow discharge resulting in crusty eyelids or eyes stuck shut especially upon arising in the morning) you should contact your health care provider. If your child has been diagnosed with conjunctivitis and antibiotic eye drops or ointment has been prescribed, then he/she should receive the drops or ointment for 24 hours before returning to school.

  3. DIARRHEA If your child has diarrhea he/she should not attend school until the stool can be contained by toilet use.

  4. FEVER A temperature over 100 degrees is considered a fever. Fever is the body’s normal response to infections and plays a role in fighting them. It is recommended that your child be kept home until the fever is gone for 24 hours.

  5. HEAD LICE If your child has head lice he/she must be treated with an anti-lice shampoo before attending school. All nits must be removed! Please notify the school if your child has been treated for head lice or if you suspect head lice. We will be happy to check your child and other siblings if you are unsure.

  6. MEDICATION If your child has been started on a new medication please give the first dose at home and observe for adverse reactions for at least 2 hours before sending them to school. Contact the school nurse if your child will need to take medication during the school day.

  7. STREP THROAT If your child has been diagnosed with strep throat he/she should be kept home for 24 hours after antibiotic treatment has been started.

  8. VOMITING If your child has vomited two or more times in the previous 24 hours they should be kept at home.

Please remember these are only guidelines. If you have questions, feel free to contact our school nurse at 252-2776 ext 9.