When to Keep Your Child Home from School Illness What to do?
Chickenpox Keep child home until they
have no new sores for 24 hours AND all sores are dried and crusted. **During an
outbreak of chickenpox, children who are NOT vaccinated for chickenpox
(Varicella) and have been in close contact with someone sick with the infection
will not be allowed at school for 21 days after they were last exposed to
chickenpox, even if they are not sick.
Diarrhea that cannot be controlled
and/or with a fever. Keep child at home. Fever with temperature 100° or higher
and not feeling well enough to participate in class. Keep child home until
fever-free for 24 hours without using fever reducing medicine such as Motrin or
with fever, chills, sore throat, runny nose, muscle aches, tiredness; may also
have vomiting and diarrhea. Keep child home until symptoms are gone. Head lice
If lice are first found at school, child may stay until end of the day but may
not return until treated and all live lice are gone. Impetigo Keep child home
until 24 hours after antibiotics have been started.
MRSA Keep child home if sore is
draining and cannot be covered with a clean, dry bandage. Keep child home if
they cannot keep from picking at sore. Rash Keep child home until seen by a
doctor and treated if needed. The school may request a doctor’s note to return
to school. Strep throat Keep child home until 24 hours after antibiotics have
Pink eye with discharge Keep child home until seen by a
doctor and 24 hours after first dose of medicine, if prescribed.
Ringworm If ringworm is first found at
school, child may stay until end of the day if it can be covered. Child may not
return until treatment has been started. Area must remain covered until
Scabies Child must stay home until
after treatment is started. Vomiting 2 or more times.