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Students with contagious health problems should be kept home. Do not send children to school with notes to stay in because of illness. A child that is too ill to be at school should remain at home unless a chronic condition exists and a doctor recommends in writing that the child may attend, but remain indoors during recesses or lunch.

Student will be sent home from school if they experience any of the following:

  • Fever over 100.4°
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive cough that interrupts the classroom or causes vomiting
  • Extreme tiredness


When To Keep Students Home From School

If your child exhibits any of the following symptoms:

    • Fever greater than 100.4°. A fever let's us know that our body is fighting something off. We are contagious during this time and need rest. Students should be fever free for at least 24 hours, without fever reducing medication, before returning to school.
    • Vomiting and/or diarrhea. Students should stay home for 24 hours to make sure they can keep food/liquids down.
    • Sore throat with a fever greater than 100.4°. Students should stay home until they are fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication. If they are diagnosed with Strep throat, then they should stay home until they have been on the antibiotics for 24 hours.
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  • Excessive coughing that produces thick mucous. Students should stay home if they are coughing so much it keeps them from participating in class or disrupts their classmates, or they are coughing so hard it is causing vomiting.
  • Earache. The child needs to see a doctor.
  • Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis). Keep the child home until a doctor has given the OK to return to school. Pink eye is highly contagious and most cases are caused by a virus, which will not respond to an antibiotic. Bacterial conjunctivitis will require an antibiotic; your doctor will be able to determine if this is the case.

Of course there are always exceptions. Your school nurse is a great resource, please contact her for any questions.


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