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How Sick is Too Sick for School?

How sick is too sick for school?

If a child has a temperature of 100 degrees or higher in the last 24 hours, is vomiting, has a colored discharge from the nose, or has other flu-like symptom, s/he should not be in school. When a child is recovering from an illness, we cannot keep the child in during recess. If a child is too ill to go outside, s/he is too ill to be at school.

In general, children are too sick for school if they are:


-Symptoms are serious enough to keep them from focusing on school work.

 Use this checklist to determine whether to keep your child home from school:



Does your child have a fever of 100.5 degrees or higher?



Has your child vomited in the last 24 hours?



Has your child had diarrhea in the last 24 hours?



Are your child’s eyes crusty and/or discharging yellow or green fluid?



If your child complains of a sore throat, do they also have a fever, or other symptoms that would prevent them from participating in usual school activities?



If your child complains about a stomachache, is it accompanied by fever, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, or other symptoms that would prevent them from participating in usual school activities?



Does your child have a persistent phlegmy cough?



How to decide: If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, PLEASE keep your child home from school and consider seeking medical attention. Your child could have a serious or contagious illness. Keep your child home until they have been symptom free for at least 24 hours or until a doctor indicates they can return to school.

Probably Okay: If your child has a cold, headache, or stomachache that is not accompanied by fever, vomiting or diarrhea, then they can probably come to school.

Rash If your child has a rash, it could be contagious. Please seek medical advice, and send note from physician of release back to school, before allowing your child to return.

Earache Earaches alone are not contagious, but generally require medical attention. Children can come to school as long as they are fever-free, and can concentrate on their work.

Lice Once your child is treated for lice, he or she can return to school.

Questions?  Contact the office at 541-842-3810 or email