The School Health Division has created a number of policies to keep your child healthy while in school. It is important to review these policies, including when to keep your child home from school.
When Children Must Remain Home
Children must remain home if they have any of the following:
- A contagious illness like chicken pox, flu, or strep throat, until the doctor says it's safe to return or the child has been on antibiotics for 24 hours.
- A rash or skin condition not diagnosed by a doctor.
- A fever that causes chills, sweating or muscle aches.
- Temperature over 100.4° within the past 24 hours.
- Vomiting or diarrhea.
- Red or pink eyes, or drainage from eyes.
- Head lice (live lice).
- Have been notified by the school nurse / health department that immunizations are not up to date (exclusion notice is given after the 3rd warning).
Returning to School
When can a child return to school after an illness? Before returning to school:
- A child must be fever-free without medication for 24 hours.
- A child must be symptom free for 24 hours.
- A child with a diagnosis of strep throat, impetigo or conjunctivitis must be on medication for 24 hours before returning to school.