Deciding when a child is too sick to go to school can be a difficult decision for parents to make. When trying to decide, use these guidelines:

Go to School if:

Your child has any of the following symptoms: 
  • Sniffles, runny nose and mild cough without fever (this could be a mild allergic response to dust, pollen, or environmental triggers).
  • Vague complaints of aches, pains or fatigue
  • Single episode of diarrhea without any other symptoms
  • Ear infection with no fever. 

Stay Home if:

Your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep your child at home, or make appropriate child care arrangements.

  • APPEARANCE & BEHAVIOR: Unusually tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused or irritable. 
  • EYES: Thick mucus or pus draining from the eye, or with pink eye.
  • FEVER: Temperature of 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Remember that a child must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. Fever free without using acetaminophen.
  • GREENISH NOSE DISCHARGE, AND/OR CHRONIC COUGH
  • SORE THROAT: Especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck
  • DIARRHEA: 2 or more watery stools in a 24 hour period especially if child acts or looks ill.
  • VOMITING: Vomiting 2 or more times within the past 24 hours.
  • RASH: Body rash, with fever or itching. Heat rashes & allergic reactions are not contagious.
  • CHICKEN POX: Stay at home for 5 days after blisters form, until all pox are scabbed over and dry.
IF YOUR CHILD SHOWS ANY OF THE ABOVE SYMPTOMS WHILE AT SCHOOL, IT WILL BE NECESSARY FOR YOU TO PICK YOUR STUDENT UP FROM SCHOOL.

Bringing a child to school with any of the above symptoms puts other children and staff at risk of getting sick. In the long run this means fewer lost days and less illness for parents and students.