When To Keep Your Child Home From School
Please follow the below sick day guidelines to help protect our students and staff. Please keep your child home if s/he has fever, diarrhea, or vomiting or displays any of the symptoms listed on the below sick day/illness and injury guidelines. Students must be completely free of sy.mxtgms without medication for 24 hours before returning to school.
For example, if your child wakes up on Monday morning with fever, diarrhea or vomiting, s/he cannot return to school on Tuesday because s/he has not been symptom-free for 24 hours. Please join us in taking the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of colds and flu and keep children with symptoms at home. Also, please remind your children to wash their hands often, and to cover their nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing.
To help protect students and staff, children should be sent home or parents should keep their child home when they display the following symptoms:
- Colds, especially during the first couple of days, and when there is a productive cough and/or thick, yellow, or green nasal discharge.
- Fever of 100.4 or higher; temperature should to be normal without medication for 24 hours before a child can return to school.
However, a child without a temperature who presents other symptoms of illness, such as nausea or headache, may also be ill.
- Vomiting within past 24 hours.
- Diarrhea within past 24 hours.
- Sore throat, especially if combined with fever, headache, swollen neck glands. Minor sore throats are usually not a problem, but a severe sore throat could be strep throat even without fever.
- Red, swollen, crusted, or draining eyes.
- Draining ears or earache.
- Headache, body aches, or pain.
- Skin rash, unless diagnosed by a doctor as noninfectious. A doctor's note is required to return to school for a suspicious rash or communicable disease.
- Communicable diseases or conditions, i.e. conjunctivitis, impetigo, chicken pox, scabies. A doctor's note is required to return to school for a communicable disease.
A child returning to school after an injury (i.e. surgery, hospitalization, wheelchair, or casts) must have a doctor's note to return to school. This note must be given to the office before the child can resume regular classroom instruction. If there are any restrictions or activity limitations (i.e. exclusion from participating in physical education or recess) or precautions, the doctor's note must include this information. Based on the information provided by the doctor and to promote a safe school environment, accommodations may need to be put in place prior to the child's return to school.