Attendance Guidelines for Illness
Please help us to provide a healthy and safe environment for all students by observing the following:
Do not send your child to school if any of these symptoms or signs are present in the previous 24 hours:
- Elevated temperature (100º or greater)
- Acute cold, sore throat or a persistent cough
- Vomiting, nausea or abdominal pain
- Repeated diarrhea
- Purulent discharge (anything other than clear discharge) from the nose or eyes resulting from a contagious condition
- Red, inflamed or discharging eyes (conjunctivitis)
- Suspected scabies, impetigo, acute skin rashes or eruptions, any skin lesion in the weeping stage, head lice or any other infectious childhood condition
There will be times when it is too difficult to tell when your child is too ill to go to school. Sometimes there is worry that he or she will miss important schoolwork. Like adults, children have different tolerances for discomfort and illness. Even with the common cold, some are able to function fine while others are miserable. If your child is coughing continuously, he or she won’t be able to concentrate and will disrupt others in the class.
A day of rest at home combined with lots of fluids speeds recovery. If you decide to send your child to school when they are borderline of being ill, it is a good idea to call the school nurse or send a note to the teacher. Be sure to let the school nurse know where you can be contacted in case your child’s condition worsens.
If your child complains of headaches, stomachaches or frequently does not feel well, it is wise to mention it to your doctor. Also, it is not uncommon for children to have physical complaints when they’re anxious about a test or an event – or even when they've realized that staying home brings a little extra attention.