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When your child is ill

If your child has symptoms of illness that would prevent participation at school, then please keep your child at home and call the school to report that your child is sick. Returning to school too soon may delay recovery from illness and may potentially expose others.

  • Fever: Children should not be in school if they have a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher and should stay home until the fever is gone for 24 hours without medication. During influenza season, children with a fever and other flu-like symptoms may be asked to stay home longer.
  • Vomiting and diarrhea: Children should not attend school if they are vomiting or have diarrhea. Children may be asked to stay home until 24 hours after the last time they vomited or had diarrhea.
  • Skin rash: Skin rashes or irritation develop for many different reasons. Some are highly contagious and can cause serious problems. In some cases, children may need to stay home until the rash is assessed by a licensed health-care provider and the student is cleared to return to school.
  • Cough, cold or sore throat: Children with productive coughing, sneezing, headaches, body aches, earache or sore throat may not be well enough to participate in school. Seek medical advice immediately if your child experiences difficulty breathing, wheezing or sudden high fever, chills and body aches.
  • Eye irritation: Eye drainage, crusting, pain or redness may be a sign of infection and should be evaluated. Children diagnosed with an infection requiring treatment should stay home for 24 hours after treatment begins.
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