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Guidelines For Keeping Your Child Home

Regular attendance at school is important, and a student should be in class every day that he/she is physically able, however student's with contagious or potentially contagious conditions need to be excluded from school during the time period that they are likely to transmit that illness to others.  This not only gives the student an opportunity to rest and recover, but it also helps prevent the illness from spreading to other students, teachers, and staff.  

Students who have been ill should not return to school until he/she is over the illness.  Student's returning to school too soon often experience a relapse, so it is in your child's best interest to keep them home until recovery is complete.

If a student becomes sick at school, the parent/guardian will be contacted and will be expected to make arrangements to transport their child home in a timely manner. 

A student should NOT be in school if any of the following conditions are present:


If your child has a fever of 100 degrees or more by mouth or 99 degrees or more axillary, they should stay home and remain home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine.


Your child should remain at home for 24 hours after the last vomiting episode occurs without having to take medication during that 24 hour period to control/prevent vomiting.


If your child has loose or frequent stools, no matter what the cause, he/she should remain at home until free of diarrhea for 24 hours without the use of medication to treat those symptoms.


If your child has symptoms severe enough to interfere with his/her learning, they should remain at home until symptoms are mild. Persistent coughing disturbs the learning process for your child as well as other students and spreads germs.


Your child should remain at home and be checked by a physician, if your child has inflamed or reddened eyes, especially if eyes are watering, itching, hurting, or drainage is noted. Children with "Pink Eye" should not return to school until 24 hours after treatment has been started by a physician and should have a doctor's note stating the child is being treated and when they can return to school. 


Any rash or skin condition of unknown cause should be evaluated by a physician to determine if the cause is contagious and how it should be treated. Your child should remain at home until the cause and appropriate treatment is determined.


Student's with live lice should be kept home from school and treated.  Once treatment is complete, you must bring your child to the nurse's office to be checked by the school nurse to verify that all live lice are gone before they will be allowed to return to the classroom.  

EARACHES/SEVERE, PERSISTENT PAIN/OTHER SIGNS OF ILLNESS (listlessness, irritability, unusual behavior, etc.)   

Your child should be checked by a physician to determine the cause and proper treatment.

Teaching your child good health habits is the best way to keep him/her healthy.  Good hand washing is the single, most effective way to prevent the spread of disease. By adopting healthy lifestyles, illnesses and absences from school can be kept to a minimum.