When should your child stay home from school?

  • Sending a sick child to school puts others’ health at risk. If your child has any of the following symptoms, they must stay home for a minimum of 24 hours. Please keep your child at home and make appropriate child care arrangements if they have any of the following symptoms:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Unusual fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea or abdominal pain


    EYES and EARS: Stay home if thick mucus or pus is draining from an eye or if your child has “pink eye” (conjunctivitis). Consult a health care provider for a diagnosis and follow their directions. Children with ear infections without fever do not need to be excluded from school, but the child needs to get medical treatment and follow-up. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.

    LICE, SCABIES: Health officials tell us head lice do not pose a health hazard and are not easily spread in a classroom, but they still must be effectively treated. A child found to have head lice at school will not be sent home and excluded from class on the day the lice are found. The student’s parents will be expected to treat active cases of head lice and keep the student home until treatment is completed. Your school nurse or other health care professional can help with diagnosing head lice and can offer suggestions about treatment.