More Details—Illness and Attending School

Here are some additional guidelines that might help in a parent's decision-making:

  • Fever: A fever of 100 or more signals an illness that is probably going to make a student uncomfortable and unable to function well in class. Your child should stay home for 24 hours once the temperature returns to normal.

  • Vomiting, Diarrhea or Severe Nausea: These are symptoms that require a student to remain at home until a normal diet is tolerated the night before and the morning of school, and no symptoms are present for 24 hours.

  • Infectious Diseases: Diseases such as impetigo, pink eye with thick drainage, and strep throat require a doctor's examination and prescription for medication. Contacting the doctor and using the medicine as directed for the full recommended length of time are necessary. Once medication has been started and the child is feeling well, he/she may return to school 24 hours after medication has been administered.

  • Chicken Pox: Students with chicken pox may return to school when all the scabs are completely dried and no new lesions are developing (usually 5-7 days).

  • Rashes: Rashes or patches of broken, itchy skin needs to be examined by a doctor if they appear to be spreading or not improving.