When Should I Keep My Child Home From School?

  • Child at home sick with parent

    Below are symptoms on when you should keep a child home from school:


    • Coughing: If your child has a persistent, disruptive cough


    • Diarrhea: Until diarrhea has ceased for 24 hours without medication


    • Fever 100 degrees or higher: Until fever is below 100 degrees for 24 hours without medication


    • Lice or Nits: Until treated and “nit free” (must be checked by clinic or office staff before returning to the classroom)


    • Rash: If a rash is untreated or if a child is too uncomfortable even if treated


    • Strep Throat/Scarlet Fever: Until he/she has been on antibiotics for 24 hours


    • Conjunctivitis: Has red, swollen eyes that itch and are draining pus or have a crusty appearance upon awakening. Keep home until he/she has been on eye drops/antibiotics for 24 hours and cleared by a doctor


    • Vomiting: Until vomiting has ceased for 24 hours without medication


    • Communicable Diseases: If your child has been diagnosed with a communicable disease keep him/her home until the doctor clears your child to return to school. Examples include but are not limited to chicken pox, impetigo, scabies, lice, and ringworm.