Absence Guidelines


Absence Guidelines

Deciding when a child is too sick to attend school can be a difficult decision.  When trying to decide, please use the guidelines below and seek the advice of your health care provider.

GO to school:  If your child has the following symptoms, they could probably go to school:

  • Sniffles, clear runny nose, and/or mild cough or throat irritation without fever
  • Vague complaints of aches, pains, or fatigue
  • A single episode of diarrhea without complaints


KEEP at home: If your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep your child home and contact your health care provider.



Chickenpox blisters appear in crops and may leave scabs.    Your child should remain home until all blisters are crusted over (usually 6-7 days after rash first appears.) A slight fever may or may not be present.


General symptoms are watery discharge from eyes/nose, sneezing, mild cough or throat irritation.  If symptoms persist beyond 7-10 days, or if fever develops, keep child home and see your doctor.


Keep child home for two or more watery stools in a 24 hour period, or if accompanied by cramping fever, and body aches.  If your child will not eat, keep them home.


Drainage from the ear and/or ear pain should be evaluated by your health care provider.


A fever is a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater.  May return when fever-free for 24 hours WITHOUT the use of Tylenol or Motrin., etc.


or Surgery

A doctor’s note is needed to notify the nurse of any modifications to physical activity, length of the school day, mobility or transportation needs.  Bus transportation may be affected by the use of crutches.  Doctor’s note must include dates of restrictions.

Lice or Scabies

With lice, child must stay home until free of lice.  The child must be cleared by the school clinic before returning to class.  With scabies, your child may not return until medical treatment has been initiated.

Nasal Discharge

If drainage becomes yellow/gold to greenish, please stay home until evaluated by your doctor.


Rashes of unknown cause are considered potentially contagious, especially when accompanied with fever and itching.    Child may return when rash disappears or after medically recommended.

Sore Throat

Sore throat with presence of fever, swollen glands, or white spots on the throat should be evaluated by health care provider.    May return to school when cleared by doctor, or after 24 hours of antibiotic treatment.


If you child is actively vomiting, please make certain they are able to hold down food/fluids before returning to school.    

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