When to Keep Your Child Home

  • “When is my child sick enough to stay home from school?”  


    This is not always an easy question to answer!  Hopefully these tips can help!




    A child who is sick will not be able to perform well in school and is likely to spread the illness to other children and staff.  We suggest making a plan for childcare ahead of time so you will not be caught without a comforting place for your child to stay if he/she is ill.


    Our school policy states that you should not send your child to school if he/she has:

    §  Fever in the past 24 hours

    § Vomiting in the past 24 hours

    §  Diarrhea in the past 24 hours

    §  Chills

    §  Sore throat

    §  Strep Throat (must have been taking an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school)

    § Bad cold, with a very runny nose or bad cough, especially if it has kept the child awake at night

    §  Head lice – until your child has been treated according to the nurse or doctor’s instructions



    In general, during cold and flu season, unless your child is significantly ill, the best place for them is in school where they have all already been exposed to the same germs and where they are less likely to expose other more vulnerable people, like the very young or very old, to their routine bouts of cold and flu.  Remind and show your children to discard used tissues promptly, not to share personal items, to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze, to keep their hands away from their face, and to wash hands thoroughly and often with soap and warm water.  


    *Remember, whenever you keep your child home from school, please call the school nurse or attendance office in advance on the start of the school day and leave a message that your child will be absent.