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When To Keep Your Child Home From School

If your child has vomited, had diarrhea or a fever, keep them home for 24 hours after the last incident. Do not send your child to school until they have been fever-free (under 100 degrees) for 24 hours without any fever-reducing medication (e.g., acetaminophen or ibuprofen—aspirin should not be given for fever due to viruses, to prevent a complication called Reye’s syndrome). In general, if your child has a cough lasting 7 days, a health care provider should be consulted. If you need access to a health care provider contact the nurse or School-Based Health Center.

Please keep your child home if you see these signs:

  • Fever greater than 100.5
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea (3 watery or loose stools in one day with or without fever)
  • Stiff neck or headache with fever
  • Any rash with or without fever
  • Unusual behavior change, such as irritability, lethargy
  • Jaundice (yellow color of skin or eyes)
  • Skin lesions that are “weepy” (fluid or pus-filled)
  • Colored drainage from eyes
  • Brown/green drainage from nose with fever of greater than 100.5
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; serious, sustained cough

If your student has a chronic condition that is impacting attendance, please request consultation with the nurse.