Sick Children Guidelines
Let them stay home or make them go to school: This is an early
morning decision many parents are faced with. There are those times when
it is difficult to decide whether to not to send your child to school.
The following guidelines offer you some help in your decision.
- Always keep your child at home if they have an elevated temperature. Temperatures should be normal for 24 hours (without Tylenol) before he/she returns to school. Children with a temperature of 100 or above cannot stay in school, and parents will be notified to pick them up.
- If your child has vomited or had diarrhea, please keep him/her
home until 24 hours after the last episode.
- If your child has any rash that may be disease related or you do
not know the cause, check with your family doctor before sending the
child to school.
- If your child has eye drainage and the whites of their eyes are
pink or red, please take your child to the doctor. Your child should
not be rubbing his eyes if they are infected. If the cause is from
bacteria, your child may return to school after they have been
started on antibiotics.
- Strep Throat: Children need to stay at home for 24 hours after
antibiotic treatment begins and they are without a fever.
- Please notify the school if your child develops a communicable
disease (strep throat, chicken pox, head lice, impetigo, scarlet
fever, pink eye, etc.)
- If your child becomes ill or is injured during the school day,
you will be notified so arrangements can be made for your child to
be taken home. Please notify the school if your phone number changes
so we can contact you.
- Please read the letters that are sent home by the school nurse.
If there is a communicable disease in your child’s classroom, you
will be notified.
- Children should be dressed appropriately for the season and
To prevent the spread of infection:
o Use good hand washing
o Cover the cough
o Keep your child home if they are sick