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When to keep your children home from school

  • When Children Should Stay Home from School


    Here are some general guidelines on when to keep your children home from school.  It is important to follow these guidelines for the health of our students and staff.  I have also included some tips on staying healthy.  If you have any questions feel free to contact the nurse at the school.



    If your child has a fever (Temp >100) please keep that child at home.  They don’t feel like being here and they probably are contagious.  They need to be fever free without medication for 24 hours before returning to school.



    If your child has no fever and feels fine, then they may come to school.  If your child has a fever, or has bad cough they need to stay home as possibly see a doctor.  Many illnesses are spread by contact, coughing, or sneezing around others.  Most illnesses and colds are highly contagious in first 3 days, so PLEASE keep them home. 



    These students MUST stay home until they are free from diarrhea or vomiting for 24 hours without medication.



    Minor sore throat usually okay, but if pain is severe or there is a fever involved child needs to stay home and probably see a doctor as it could be strep throat.  Other symptoms of strep throat in children include headache and upset stomach.  If it is determined your child does have strep throat they need to be on antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school.



    Children with skin rash should see a doctor.  There are several contagious illnesses that are associated with various types of rashes.  Please send note with child if they have a rash and have seen a doctor so we know what type of rash it is. 


    If your child has a pink eye and it is painful they need to see a doctor.  Pink eye is HIGHLY contagious, your child needs to be treated and school needs to know if your child has it.



    1. Good handwashing is vital to staying healthy, after using restroom and before eating.
    2. Covering their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing – then washing hands.
    3. Healthy eating habits including ALL food groups and not skipping meals.
    4. Getting enough sleep.  For most school age children that is 8-10 hours a night.



    Thank you for your time and cooperation in this matter.  Again if you have any questions feel free to contact us in the Health Service office at the school


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