Elementary School Information

When to Keep Your Child Home from School


When your child seems ill, it can be tough deciding when to keep him home.

It is important to balance your child’s school attendance with good decisions about his health.

Many students suffer mild cold symptoms and are able to successfully attend class. 


However, if your child is truly ill, it is important that he remain home. Some guidelines for keeping your child home include:

·        a fever over 100.4 in the last 24 hours
      *Children should be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications, like Motrin and Tylenol, for a period of 24 hours before returning to school

·        vomiting or diarrhea
      *Children should be free of vomiting for a period of 24 hours before returning to school.
       Exception when vomiting is caused by a cough. 

·         a communicable disease (per the guidelines in the student/parent handbook)

·         red eyes with drainage


If you have questions, call your school nurse or your child’s doctor.