When should a child stay home from school?
(childcare centers may have slightly different rules)
Children often do not like to miss school. They also need to be in school as much as possible in order to be successful in school. However, children who are sick need to stay home if they will not be able to concentrate sufficiently for learning or may cause others to become sick.
To help reduce the spread of illness to student and staff, please keep your child home from school for the following reasons:
Fever (100.5 degrees or greater): Your child should be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen before returning to school
Vomiting: Your child may return to school after s/he has not vomited for 24 hours and is back on a regular diet.
Diarrhea: Your child may return to school after being diarrhea-free for 24 hours without the use of medication.
Cough/congestion: If your child’s cough is frequent or severe and his/her nose is extremely runny, it is likely that they do not feel very well and will not be able to concentrate sufficiently for learning. S/he also would benefit from more rest and fluids at home.
Rash: Consult with your child’s health care provider regarding a rash of unknown cause. Your child will need a return to school note from their health care provider before coming back to school.
Communicable Illness: If your child has been diagnosed with a communicable disease requiring antibiotics (such a strep infection or pink eye) they need to be excluded from school until they have been treated with the antibiotic for 24 hours and they are feeling better.
It is very important that if you are calling your child in absent due to illness that you list the symptoms that your child is experiencing. This allows for surveillance of illnesses in our schools.
Please emphasize to your children effective ways to stay healthy, which include: Frequent hand washing or use of hand sanitizer, coughing/sneezing into their upper arm or shoulder, keeping their hands away from their face, staying away from individuals who are sick and protecting their immune system by eating properly and getting enough sleep.
Thank you for your assistance in keeping our schools a safe, healthy and enriching environment in which to learn. Please feel free to contact the School Nurse Office at 563- 7805 for any questions.
School District of Fort Atkinson Nurse