Parents are often confronted with this decision when their child complains of not feeling well. The guidelines set forth by the district can help you decide. It will not cover every medical condition and does not take the place of seeking medical attention. Bringing a child to school, when the guidelines advise not to, puts other children and school staff members at risk of becoming ill. This information is offered so that we may improve the general health of all members of our school community.
Please consult your doctor for specific medical advice. Remember that these are guidelines only.
- APPEARANCE, BEHAVIOR: If your child is unusually tired, pale or lacks appetite, these may be precursors to illness. These are sufficient reasons to keep your child at home.
- DIAGNOSED CONTAGIOUS ILLNESS: Student's should remain home for 24 hours after starting antibiotics or otherwise as directed by their physician.
- DIARRHEA: Students experiencing 2 or more watery stools in a 24 hour period, especially if combined with poor appearance or nausea, should remain at home.
- EAR INFECTIONS WITHOUT FEVER: A child does NOT need to be excluded from school, but should be evaluated by your healthcare provider.
- EYES: If your child exhibits any mucus or pus draining from the eye, this may be a sign of conjunctivitis (pink eye), a contagious illness. Please keep your child at home and see your healthcare provider.
- FEVER: Students should remain home if they have an oral temperature of 100 or higher (before taking medication such as Tylenol or Advil)
- LICE: A student infected may not return to school until they have been treated and are free of lice. Examination by the Health Office is required before re-entering school.
- NASAL DISCHARGE AND/OR CHRONIC COUGH: A child exhibiting these symptoms should be seen by your healthcare provider. These conditions may be contagious and may require treatment. (Then see guideline above for diagnosed contagious illness)
- RASH: If your child exhibits a body rash, especially with fever or itching, he/she should remain at home and be assessed by your healthcare provider. Heat rashes and allergic reactions are not contagious. These children may attend school.
- SCABIES: Children with scabies may be re-admitted 24 hours after treatment has started. Documented proof of treatment by your healthcare provider is required.
- SORE THROAT: A child with a sore throat, fever and/or swollen glands should remain home. Contact your healthcare provider
- SYMPTOMS OF A CONTAGIOUS ILLNESS: Students exhibiting symptoms of a contagious illness should be evaluated by your physician. They may return to school as directed by the physician.
- VOMITING: A student who has vomited 2 or more times in a 24 hour period should be kept at home.