Is My Child Well Enough to Attend School?

Parents often wonder whether or not their child is too sick to attend school. Here are some guidelines to follow when deciding whether or not to keep your child home.

Please keep your child home from school if:

  • Your child has had a fever of 100.0 degrees or higher in the past 24 hours. This temperature must be taken without your child having received acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil).
  • Your child has had vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours.
  • Your child has been started on antibiotics for a communicable illness (strep throat, pink-eye, impetigo).  He or she needs to stay home for 24 hours after the first dose of antibiotics was given.
  • Having your child at school would significantly put others at risk of contracting your child’s illness.
  • Your child does not feel well enough to benefit from being at school.

Please notify the school office if your child will not be in school due to illness.

Please contact the school nurse if your child has a communicable illness/condition such as chickenpox, strep throat, pink-eye, impetigo, or head lice.

If your child becomes ill while at school and needs to go home, the office staff will contact you to pick up your child as soon as possible. Please keep your contact information updated.


Contact: Cathy Mattei, RN