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Illnesses

When Should My Child Stay Home From School?


Fever: A child with a temperature over 100 degrees should not be in school. Your child should be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication before returning to school. (Fevers tend to go up during the day.)

Antibiotics: If an antibiotic is ordered by your doctor, your child should be on it for at least 24 hours before returning to school.

Vomiting and/or Diarrhea: Any child who vomits during the night and/or before school should not come to school. They must be free from vomiting and/or diarrhea for at least 24 hours and evaluated by a doctor if needed.

Pain: If your child complains of pain that is persistent, contact your doctor. If your child complains of an earache, consult your doctor.

Eye irritation: If your child is suspected of having pink eye or conjunctivitis, they will be sent home. It is easily spread to others.

Rash: Do not send your child to school with a rash. A doctor needs to determine if the child can or cannot be in school and if the rash is contagious. (Please have the doctor write a note indicating what type of rash and that the child is not contagious and can return to school.)

Cold, Cough, Sore Throat: A child who has a bad cold with coughing and a runny nose should be at home with or without a fever.

Asthma: Do not send your child to school if he or she is having difficulty breathing prior to school, or taking an inhaler every 4-6 hours.