When to Keep Your Student Home

  • There's no question that we want your kids in school as much as possible. However, there are times staying home is necessary. 

    A fever higher than 100.5 degF is one sign of illness. A fever higher than 103 is usually time to call the doctor. 

    Here are some other specific situations when you should keep your child home – and when it's okay to send them back.


    Student’s Symptoms/Diagnosed Illness

     

    Student May Return to School When

    Fever greater than 100.5 degrees (orally)

     

    Temperature below 100 degrees (orally) for a minimum of 24 hours without use of Tylenol or other fever-reducing medicine

    Rash or rash with fever – new or sudden onset

     

    Rash disappears. Written consent from doctor to district nurse

    Yellow or brown drainage from eyes or unusual drainage from other parts of the body, such as a draining sore

     

    Discharge must be gone or the student must have a written consent from doctor to district nurse

    Vomiting

     

    Symptom-free for 24 hours

    Diarrhea: 3 loose or watery stools in one day

     

    Symptom-free for 24 hours

    Cough: Deep, barking, congested or productive of colored mucous.

     

    Symptom-free or student must have been on antibiotics for 24 hours or have a written consent from the doctor to district nurse. Antibiotics are not effective for viral illnesses. When antibiotics are prescribed for bacterial infections, take all medications as prescribed until gone.

    White, clay-colored or bloody stool

     

    Written consent from doctor to district nurse

    Yellow color of skin or eyes

     

    Written consent from doctor to district nurse

    Brown or bloody urine

     

    Written consent from doctor to district nurse

    Stiff neck or headache with fever

     

    Symptom-free or written consent from doctor to district nurse

    Unusually sleepy, lethargic or grumpy

     

    Symptom-free or written consent from doctor to district nurse

    Strep throat diagnosed by health care provider

     

    MUST have been on antibiotics for 24 hours and have written consent from doctor to district nurse. If no antibiotic given, call school nurse before sending child to school.

    After an illness of 2 or more weeks, surgery or other change in health status

     

    Written instructions from doctor and parent regarding medication or special health needs must be provided to the district nurse

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