When to Keep Your Child Home

  • When to Keep Your Child Home  ¿Está muy enfermo para ir a la escuela?
    In the school environment many communicable diseases are easily transmitted from one student to another. A healthy environment involves prevention, early recognition of illness, symptoms, prompt diagnosis and treatment. Children who are not feeling well have a difficult time concentrating and therefore do not benefit from the instruction they receive during that time. Please do not send an ill child to school. We need your assistance in providing a safe and healthy environment for your child.

    Below are some guidelines to help you make the decision about when to keep your child home from school.  The recommendations are based on the guidelines provided by the Communicable Disease Program of the Washington County Department of Health and Human Services.  They were developed to help prevent the spread of potentially contagious disease.

    Keep your child home if she/he has any of the following symptoms:




    Greater than 100.4 F. May return when fever-free for 24 hours (WITHOUT the use of fever-reducing medication such as Tylenol®, acetaminophen, Advil®, Motrin®, ibuprofen, aspirin).


    At least one unexplained vomiting episode in the past 24 hours. May return 24 hours after last episode.


    Three or more unexplained episodes of watery or loose stools in 24 hours OR sudden onset of loose stools. May return 24 hours after last episode.


    Any new rash accompanied by a fever. May return after rash goes away or clearance given by a health care provider.

    Skin Lesions (Sores)

    Drainage from a sore that cannot be contained within a bandage OR sores are increasing in size OR new sores are developing day-to-day.


    Serious, sustained coughing, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing.


    Symptoms that prevent the student from active participation in usual school activities OR student is requiring more care than school staff can safely provide.


Illness/Communicable Disease

  • Home is the best place for a child who is ill. If your child is sick with a diagnosed communicable disease, please notify the school as soon as possible. This notification will greatly assist others who, due to medical reasons and/or treatments, have weakened immune systems and may require immediate and specialized care.