• When should a child stay home?

    The Department of Health Services is here to assist you and your students in accessing all the educational opportunities the district has to offer while maximizing your child’s attendance. 

    A student is not “school ready” when feeling ill.  Please use the following information to guide your decision in determining your child’s return to school.  If you are unsure if your child should attend school on a given day, nursing personnel are in schools prior to the start of the school day to assist you.  Do not hesitate to call your school health office for guidance.

    If your child complains of this:

    Then your child may return to school:

    Breathing (difficulty)

    When breathing is comfortable or per
    the instructions of the primary care provider


    When the cough will not interfere with school
    functioning or per the instructions of the
    primary care provider


    When there has been no diarrhea for
    twenty-four hours without the use of
    anti-diarrheal medication


    When the temperature is normal for
    twenty-four hours without the use of
    fever reducing medication

    Illness requiring antibiotics

    When the child has completed
    twenty-four hours of antibiotic therapy

    Not wanting to attend school
    (School Refusal)

    Call for assistance from your Licensed
    School Nurse, School Social Worker,
    Guidance Counselor, or School
    Administrator as soon as school
    refusal is recognized or suspected


    When the physician has documented
    that the rash is not contagious


    When there has been no vomiting for
    twenty-four hours without the use
    of anti-emetic medication

    *"A fever is a temperature measured by mouth with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius).  If you are not able to measure a temperature, signs and symptoms that may indicate your child has a fever include chills, feeling very warm to the touch, having a flushed appearance, or sweating." -CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/childcare/toolkit/pdf/email_parents032410.pdf)

    Board of Education Policy 7:70, Attendance and Truancy