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Is my child too sick for school?

Many parents are frequently concerned about when to keep children home or send them to school. The following information is intended to help parents with this decision.  District Health Services follows public health guidelines when deciding when to have students remain at home. Please contact the health office for further questions regarding these guidelines:

General Guidelines:

  • If child has had a fever of 100 degrees or more, the child should stay home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal.
  • If child has vomited or had diarrhea, the child should stay home until 24 hours after the last episode.
  • If child has any rash that may be disease-related or you do not know the cause, check with your family physician before sending the child to school.
  • If your child is ill, please call the school to report the absence.
  • If your child begins taking an antibiotic, he / she should stay home for a full 24 hours after the antibiotic is started. If your child is being treated for strep throat, he / she may return to schools 12 hours after starting an antibiotic.
  • A physician’s order and written parent/guardian permission is needed in order to be able to administer any medication while at school.

If you have any questions regarding your child's illness or the above information, please call your school nurse or your family physician.