Illness Exclusion

Is Your Child Well Enough to Attend School?

Does your child have a fever?

A child with a fever over 100 degrees must be kept at home. Even in the absence of other symptoms, a fever is usually indicative of an infection, which could be contagious. Please do not give your child Tylenol or Ibuprofen to reduce the fever and then send him/her to school. He or she may be exposing other children to illness. Your child may return to school when the fever has been gone for at least 24 hours.

Does your child have a rash?

Any rash that is undiagnosed needs to be examined by your health care provider. If the rash is not contagious, your child may come back to school immediately. If contagious, please follow your provider’s instructions as to when it is okay to return to school (a doctor’s note is also appreciated). Normally, if the rash is not weeping and can be fully covered, it is okay to be in school.

Does your child have pinkeye?

Pinkeye (conjunctivitis) is common and can be caused by many things: bacteria, virus, allergies. Your child can be in school if there is no drainage from the eye. If the eye is painful, extremely itchy, is draining, or if the child’s vision is affected, your child should be seen by a medical doctor or eye doctor.

Has your child experienced vomiting or diarrhea?

Your child must stay at home until 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea.

Does your child require antibiotics?

If your child has been prescribed antibiotics to treat an illness, the child must be on medication for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school. Certain illnesses (exa. Pertussis) require the child to finish the course of antibiotics before returning to school.

Our goal is to reduce absenteeism in our schools. By keeping your children home when necessary, our schools are healthier overall. Common colds with coughs and runny/stuffy noses can linger for a week or two past the contagious period. Typically, children with these symptoms should be in school if no fever is present. Please call the School Nurse if you are not sure whether your child should attend school.