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Should you keep your child home from school?

Chicken Pox

Yes.  Children with uncomplicated chicken pox may return after all lesions are dry and scabbed over and are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-controlling medicine.

Cold, with mild symptoms such as stuffy nose with clear drainage, sneezing, mild cough
No.  Your child may attend school if he or she is able to participate in school activities and fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-controlling medicine.

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
Yes.  Students may return 24 hours after treatment is started and signs and symptoms are greatly reduced.

Cough
Yes.  Keep your child home if the cough is persistent and productive coupled with thick or constant nasal drainage.

Diarrhea
Yes.  Students should be  kept home if they have 3 or more watery stools within 24 hours

Ear Infection
No.  Your child may attend school if there is no fever.

Fever
Yes.  Students should stay home if their temperature is 100 degrees or more.  Keep students home until fever-free for 24 hours without the use fever-controlling medicine.

Fifth Disease
No.  By the time the rash appears, children are no longer contagious and do not need to stay home.  Keep students home until fever-free for 24 hours without the use fever-controlling medicine.

Impetigo
Yes.  Students may return to school 24 hours after treatment starts.  Areas should be covered when students return to school.

Head Lice
Yes.  Your child needs to stay home until the dead lice and nits (eggs) are removed from the hair.  Treatment and removal of dead lice and nits can be done during one day of absence.  Students may return after their hair has been treated and the nurse or health assistant has assessed for evidence of successful treatment and removal.

Ringworm
Yes.  Students may return 24 hours after treatment starts.  Areas should be covered when the students return to school.

Strep Throat
Yes.  Students may return 24 hours after antibiotics have been started and when fever free for 24 hours without the use fever-controlling medicine.

Vomiting
Yes.  Students should be kept home if they have vomited 2 or more times within the past 24 hours.

For the protection of the other students and employees, your child will be sent home if any of these symptoms, conditions, illnesses are found or suspected during the school day.  Please report these conditions to the school heath office.



Reviewed:  12/18