Julie M. Sonnenberg
Dawn M. Pulsfus
When should your child stay home from school?
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 until they are feeling better.
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.
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 medication as directed for the full recommended length of time are necessary. Once medication has been started and the child is feeling well, s/he may return to school. 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.
Injuries: If a student has an injury that causes continuous discomfort, the student should not attend school until the condition is checked by a doctor or it improves. Injuries that interfere with class participation need a medical evaluation. If participation in physical education class is not recommended, a doctor's excuse is required.