When To Stay Home If Ill

 If your child is feeling ill, when should they stay home? 

  • Temperature: If your child has a temperature of 100 degrees or more they should not be in school. They should not return until 24 hours AFTER the temperature is normal.
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea: Your child should not be in school until 24 hours AFTER the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea. This means they may feel better but need to stay home for another 24 hours.

 NOTE: The 24 hour rule is an accepted standard nationwide. This is due to the fact that most people continue to be infectious for at least 24 hours after the temperature breaks, or the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea. Many viruses continue to be spread through the respiratory tract and digestive tract. Those who prepare food should pay particular attention to this rule. 

  • Itchy Eyes: Red, itchy eyes often occur with a common cold or mild cold-like illnesses. These can be of either bacterial or viral causes. Call your physician if your child has purulent (pus) eye drainage and/or fever, eye pain, eyelid redness. Antibiotic ointment or drops may be prescribed for bacterial infection. Your child may return to school after medication is started unless they are unable to keep their hands away from their eyes and pose a risk to other students. The most common way to spread either bacterial or viral infections is by contact with secretions. IF YOUR CHILD WEARS CONTACTS and has an irritation they should see their eye doctor immediately to rule out possible ulcers and prevent loss of vision.
  • Persistent Cough: When children have a persistent cough that cannot be managed with cold medicines before and after school and/or water or cough drops, they probably need rest and should stay home.
  • Chickenpox: Children are excluded from school until the blisters are dry and crusted.
  • Cold Sores: Children may attend school as long as they can keep their hands from contact with the blisters to prevent spread of the virus.
  • Lice: When a child is found to have lice, the School Nurse or designated person will give you directions on treatments and readmission to school. For more information about head lice, click here.
  • Rashes: The vast majority of skin eruptions are minor and self-limited. If there is a fever or drainage they should be excluded from school until a diagnosis is made.
  • Impetigo: If treated and covered (is possible) and the child is not itching the area they should be in school. Good Hand Washing will be stressed for all students.


Your child should be in school if at all possible. 
Please contact your School Nurse for special situations.