When Your Child is Sick / When to Stay Home from Schoolsick child

For COVID-19 diagnosis, COVID-19 Key Symptoms (Fever 100.4 F., uncontrolled cough, shortness of
breath, difficulty breathing or loss of taste or smell) or close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19, please follow the PCS COVID-19 Decision Tree when determining when to stay home from school or return to school.  Contact your school nurse for assistance.

For all other symptoms of illness or injury not associated with COVID-19 key symptoms, please follow the guidance below.

Keeping your Child Home from School and When Your Child May be Dismissed from School.

Students should stay home from school and/or will be dismissed from school if they: 

  • Have vomited or had diarrhea in the past 24 hours
  • Have large amounts of yellow/green mucus discharge from nose
  • Have a sore throat (possible strep throat)
  • Have an active infestation of head lice (see below for additional information on head lice)
  • Have a communicable illness, such as conjunctivitis (pink eye) or MRSA
  • Seizure, head injury, severe headache, blurred vision or dizziness
  • Severe asthmatic episode 
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Generalized allergic reaction
  • Weeping or unusual rash
  • Injury requiring sutures
  • Fracture
  • Soft tissue injury
  • Dental injury

9-1-1 will be called in an emergency for immediate transportation to the hospital.