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School Attendance Guidelines

When to keep your child home from school

Students should not attend school under the following circumstances:

  • Signs and symptoms of COVID-19: fever, chills, fatigue, headache, congestion, runny nose, diarrhea, vomiting, sore throat, loss of sense of taste/smell, cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing.
  • Signs of severe illness include fever, irritability, difficulty breathing, crying that doesn’t stop with the usually comforting, or extreme sleepiness.
  • Diarrhea (two or more episodes of loose stools in 24 hours). A child must be diarrhea free for 24 hours without the use of diarrhea-suppressing medications.
  • Vomiting two or more times in 24 hours, unless a physician feels the cause of vomiting is not an infectious disease and the child is in no danger of becoming dehydrated. A child should have one or two meals without vomiting before returning to school. Your child may be sent home from school for vomiting one time.
  • A temperature of 100 degrees or above. A child must have a temperature below 100 degrees for 24 hours before returning to school without taking fever-reducing medication.
  • Questionable rash until a physician has determined the rash is not caused by an infectious disease.
  • Known communicable diseases must be treated for the appropriate amount of time as directed by a physician.
  • Recommendation from a physician or school nurse.
  • If a child becomes ill while at school, faculty and staff do their best to isolate him or her and contact parents promptly to pick up their student.