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

For COVID-19 diagnosis, COVID-19 Key Symptoms (Fever 100.4 F, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, headache, muscle/body pain or aches, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea) 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 Child May Be Dismissed from School

Students should stay home from school and/or will be dismissed from school if they:
● Have an active infestation of head lice (see Head Lice page for additional information)
● 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.

Students should remain home:
● For at least 24 hours after an elevated temperature returns to normal without fever reducing medication and cleared by School Nurse
● For at least 24 hours after their first dose of antibiotic medication
● For at least 24 hours after vomiting/diarrhea has ended and cleared by School Nurse
● Until they are adequately treated for communicable disease and have a return to school clearance note from an MD, DO, APRN, PA

Injuries: Students with injuries that result in the need for a cast, sling, or mobility aid such as crutches or a walker should please return to school with a note from the doctor so the school can help accommodate the student. Special transportation is required for students with crutches, wheelchairs and walkers. Please notify the school office as soon as possible so arrangements can be made.