When Should You Keep Your Child at Home

  • It is our goal to teach responsibility in regard to school attendance. We encourage your child not to miss school, but there are times when a child should be kept at home to avoid spreading infection to others. We hope these guidelines will be helpful to you in deciding if your child is too sick to come to school.

    1. Students who have appointments during the school day should attend as much of the day as possible. If possible, schedule appointments early or late in the day.

    2. A runny nose or “cold” should not be a reason to miss school. They are uncomfortable and a nuisance, but if the student is able to practice good hygiene they can be at school.

    3. A single episode of diarrhea or vomiting may or may not be reason enough to miss school. If a student comes to school, please make sure we can reach you in case their condition worsens. Repeated episodes of vomiting or diarrhea with fever, rash or weakness are signs to keep your child home until the illness passes. You may also wish to consult your doctor.

    4. Fever occurring with a sore throat, earache, nausea, rash or listlessness may indicate something contagious. Please keep your child home during the course of the fever. You may also want to contact your doctor.

    5. Strep infections are contagious and can result in serious complications if not properly treated. Persons with suspected strep infections should be seen by a doctor. After being treated for 24 hours with an antibiotic the child is no longer contagious and may return to school with your doctor’s OK.

    6. If a student has symptoms of “pink eye” they need to be seen by a doctor, but may return to school as soon as treatment is started.