Guidelines for When to Keep Your Child Home from School:
A sick child is unable to concentrate in class, and effective learning is often impaired during illness. As a parent/guardian, you know your child best. If you feel your child is sick, please keep them home and seek the advice of your health care provider. Doing so helps prevent the spread of germs to fellow students and faculty/staff and puts your child on the road to a quicker recovery.
In general, students should be kept home when they have:
- Fever above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The child should remain home until he/she is fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications
- Unexplainable rash or sores
- Red eyes accompanied by drainage
- Untreated case of head lice (please note that the child must be examined by the school nurse before returning to class)
If your child becomes ill with any of the above symptoms while at school, you will be contacted by the nurse. It is extremely important that we have a telephone number where you can be reached in case of emergency/illness. Please remember that a school nurse is not a doctor and may not diagnose a child’s illness or injury. It is the responsibility of the parent to have the child treated by a physician/health care provider whenever necessary.