Is My Child Well Enough to Go to School?

  • Regular attendance at school is very important, yet we do not want children to come to school when they are ill. Remember that a child, ill with an infectious disease, can spread the disease when in contact with others in the family and community.

    Here are some basic guidelines to follow when concerned about whether your son/daughter should stay home or attend school:

    If your child has a temperature of 100 degrees or more, they should stay home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal.

    If your child has vomited or had diarrhea, they should stay home for 24 hours after the last episode.

    If your child has any rash that may be disease-related or the cause is unknown, check with your health care provider before sending them to school.

    If your child has had a throat culture to rule out strep, they should stay home until the results of the test are known. If it is positive for strep, they will need to be on antibiotic therapy for 24 hours before returning to school.

    Please refer to the  Communicable Disease Fact Sheets   for more information on specific conditions.

    Click here for several links to information on head lice.

    If you have any questions regarding this information or your child's illness, please call the health office at your child's school.