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  • When Should I Keep My Child Home From School?

    It can be hard to know when to send children to school if they tell you that they do not feel well.  Usually, the best place for them is in school, but there are some times when keeping them home to rest or call for an appointment with your health care provider is recommended.

    Ask yourself the following questions:

    -Is my child still contagious?

    -Will my child be able to participate in regular classroom activities?

    -Is my child going to be too uncomfortable to focus on their tasks?

    -Is my child in pain?

    Please keep your child home for any of the following:

    • They have a fever of 100.4F or higher
    • Abnormally tired, lethargic, and unable to stay awake
    • Vomiting and/or diarrhea  
    • Becomes short of breath or is wheezing  
    • Has a cough that disrupts normal activity  
    • Experiencing pain from earache, headache, sore throat, or recent injury  
    • Has yellow or green eye drainage  
    • Unexplained rash. Not all rashes require a child to stay home from school, so check with your child’s doctor
    • Honey-crusted sores around the nose or mouth or rash on other body parts
    • Untreated impetigo, ringworm, or scabies
    • Your child should stay home from school if he/she has a contagious illness. A contagious illness can be spread by close contact with a person or object. Examples are COVID, chickenpox, hand-foot-mouth, influenza, vomiting, diarrhea, colds, strep throat, and pink eye
    • Severe tooth pain
    • The first 24-48 hours of antibiotic treatment

    Please keep your child home until they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.

    If your child is going to be absent, please remember to send an email to:

    If you find that your child is frequently requesting to stay home from school, if they are falling behind or appear anxious about school, contact your School Nurse to discuss your concerns.  We are here to help!