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Deciding when a student can go to school can be a difficult decision for parents to make. When trying to decide, use the guidelines below and seek the advice of your health care provider.

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Stay at home

We encourage you to seek medical advice if you have any doubts about sending your student to school. If you student begins to show any of the signs of illnesses above, it will be necessary for your to pick up your student. Please keep all emergency information up to date. Please contact your school nurse if you have other questions or concerns.

If your student has any of the following symptoms, please keep your child at home or make appropriate child care arrangements.

CHICKENPOX (Varicella)

Chickenpox blisters appear in crops and are infectious until ALL blisters are dried and crusted over (usually 5-6 days after start of rash). Only then can students return to school. 


Runny nose by itself is not necessarily cause to keep your student home. Keep them home with runny nose AND a fever, bad cough, headache or nausea, or if the child is too tired or too uncomfortable to function at school.


Keep students home for three (3) or more watery stools in a 24 hour period, especially if the student acts or looks ill. Persistent diarrhea, especially if accompanied by fever and cramps, should be evaluated by your health care provider.


Drainage from the ear and/or ear pain should be evaluated by your health care provider. Untreated ear infections can cause temporary and/or permanent hearing loss.


Thick mucus, pus, or clear liquid draining from the eye may be contagious. One or both eyes may also appear extremely red and feel irritated, itchy, or painful. The eyelid may be swollen and the eye may be sensitive to light. Return to school when drainage and symptoms have cleared.


A student must stay at home if he/she has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher. The student must be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications (I.E. Tylenol, Motrin, etc.)


Notify the school nurse for evaluation of any modifications to physical activity, length of day, mobility or transportation needs. You may be asked to provide written information from your health care provider regarding limitations and special needs. 


Students may return to school after they have been treated for lice at home, proof of treatment is provided to school and there are no live lice. (See head lice page for more details.)

NASAL DISCHARGE (greenish) and/or chronic cough

These conditions may be contagious and require treatment. Your student should be seen by your health care provider. 


Any skin rash of unknown cause is considered contagious, especially with fever and itching. To return to school the rash must be gone, or you must present a medical excuse stating that the rash is not contagious. 

sore throat

A sore throat, especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck may be contagious. If strep throat, the student may return to school after 24 hours of appropriate treatment, if there is no fever, and they feel physically well enough.


Anytime a student vomits two (2) or more times, they need to be isolated from other children for 24 hours. If it happens during the night, keep them home the following day.