When to Stay Home from Schoolsick child

To safeguard the health of all students, we ask parents/guardians
to monitor their children for possible communicable diseases.

Students should stay home from school if they:

  * Have an elevated temperature of more than 100 degrees F.
  * Have vomited or had diarrhea in the past 24 hours
​  * Have large amounts of yellow/green mucus discharge from nose
  * Have a severe sore throat (possible strep throat)
  * Have conjunctivitis (pink eye) with discharge
  * Have an active infestations of head lice (see the bottom of this page for additional information)
  * Have a communicable illness

Students should remain home:

  * For at least 24 hours after an elevated temperature returns to normal without fever reducing
  * For at least 24 hours after their first does of antibiotic medication
  * For severe earache, with or without fever
  * For at least 24 hours after vomiting/diarrhea has ended
  * Until 24 hours after treatment for conjunctivitis is initiated
  * Until they are adequately treated for head lice, scabies, or other infestation/communicable disease,
     and assessed by the school nurse
  * Until chickenpox/shingles vesicles or any rash with drainage has dried and completely scabbed over

Head Lice
Current public health standards and research-based recommendations indicate that routine screening and management at home are the key factors in the effective control of head lice.  Mass screenings for head lice are no longer conducted routinely in our schools.  Head lice are usually best controlled when managed through a combination of mechanical and chemical means, along with housekeeping techniques currently recommended by public health experts.  If you have any questions about this topic, or if you need information about the prevention or management of head lice, please call your child's pediatrician or the school nurse.