When to Keep A Child Home


Sometimes it can be difficult for a parent to decide whether to send a child to school when he wakes up with early symptoms of an illness. In general, unless your child is significantly ill, the best place for him is in school

There are some situations, however, in which it is best to plan on keeping your child home for a day to rest or to arrange for an appointment with your health care provider. The following are a few such situations that warrant watching and possibly conferring with your health care provider:

1. Persistent fever greater than 100° orally, including a fever that requires control with medication,

2. Child is too sleepy or ill from an illness, like vomiting and/or diarrhea, to profit from sitting in class

3. Significant cough that makes a child feel uncomfortable or disrupts the class

4. Sore throat that is severe, accompanied by fever and/or feeling ill, that persists longer than 48

5. Honey-crusted sores around the nose or mouth that might be impetigo; or a rash in various stages including boils, sores and bumps that may be chicken pox; or a significant rash accompanied by other symptoms of illness such as fever

6. Red, watery eyes or eyes with sticky matter, as these could be symptoms of a contagious eye condition such as pink eye Large amount of discolored nasal discharge, especially if accompanied by facial pain or headache

7. Severe ear pain or drainage from the ear

8. Severe headache, especially if accompanied by fever

9. Any condition that you think may be serious or contagious to others 

Children that are home from school due to a fever or have been sent home from school with a fever over 100° should to stay out of school until the fever is under 100° without the assistance of medication for at

 To help maintain a healthy school environment, remind and show your child: 

  • to discard used tissues promptly,
  • not to share personal items,
  • to cover his mouth when he coughs or sneezes,
  • to keep his hands away from his face, and
  • wash hands thoroughly and often with soap and warm water. To ensure sufficient washing time,

suggest that he silently sing the Happy Birthday song twice while washing his hands.

 Remember, whenever you keep your child home from school, please call the Attendance Office before 9:30 am and leave a message that your child will be absent.

Elementary Health/Attendance Office (Pre-K through grade 5) 386-7313 
High School Health/Attendance Office (grades 6-12 ) 386-2855