Can I Send My Child to School?

  • Please do not send your child to school if the following symptoms appear:

    ● Any student with undiagnosed skin eruptions on head, face, or body

    Open Sores: If your child has a blister or open sore on the skin, it needs to be covered during school hours. If the sore persists, it may be contagious and needs to be evaluated by your doctor.  

    Rashes: Rashes can appear for a number of reasons and are not always contagious. If a rash is accompanied by other symptoms or fever, it should be evaluated by your child’s doctor before sending him/her to school.  

    ● Any student who has an inflamed condition of the eye or eyes

    Pink Eye: Mildly red and watery eyes may indicate irritation or allergy. If markedly red and accompanied by thick, yellow or green drainage, your child may have conjunctivitis (pink eye). Conjunctivitis may be caused by a virus, bacteria or allergies. Bacterial conjunctivitis is highly contagious and must be diagnosed by your child’s doctor. Your child must remain at home until the symptoms are gone.  

    ● Any student who has head or body lice — or nits

    Head Lice: Students must be treated with a special preparation for killing head lice (available over the counter at most drug stores) and progress must be made on removing nits from the scalp. Follow the instructions on the container carefully or the instructions of your health care provider. Contact the school nurse before your child re-enters school.  

    ● A student with a temperature of 100 or more / who has not been fever-free for 24 hours or who has taken fever-reducing medication within 24 hours prior to coming to school

    Fever: If your child has a temperature over 100ºF, your child should remain at home. When accompanied by a sore throat, nausea, or rash, a contagious illness is suspected. Your child should remain at home until fever free for 24 hours without medication  

    Runny Nose & Coughing: Minor symptoms should not be a reason to stay home. However, if the cough is disruptive, the child should remain at home. 

    Sore Throat with Fever: Consult your doctor if your child has a sudden severe sore throat with fever. If strep throat is diagnosed, your child may return after being on antibiotics for 24-48 hours. Please send a note from the doctor upon your child’s return to school.

     ● Students having suspicious oral irritations (could indicate a Hand, Foot, and Mouth infection)

    ● If the symptoms of nausea or vomiting have occurred during the night, a child should remain at home until symptoms have subsided for 24 hours.

    Vomiting & Diarrhea: Children who are vomiting with or without watery diarrhea should remain at home for 24 hours. If accompanied by a fever, consult your doctor.  

     If a child is absent from school for 3 or more consecutive days, a doctor's note is required upon return.