To Go or Not to Go to School
Sometimes it is difficult to know when to keep your student home from school due to illness. Here are some guidelines to help you decide.
Click for the Guidance for Return to School or Work Summary Check this first to determine if self-isolation (stay home) will be required.
Stay Home If:
Fever 101•F or higher (should be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school without the use of over-the-counter medication).
Nausea and/or vomiting.
Rashes – any body rash not related to allergic contact especially if accompanied by fever.
Thick, yellowish discharge from eye(s).
Infectious Conjunctivitis (pink eye) – may return 24 hours after starting antibiotic.
Cold sores or fever blisters – lesions must be dry to attend school unless student has age and maturity to use good hygiene.
Head lice – may return after being treated. (1-2 days)
Ringworm – may return when treatment is started.
Impetigo – may return 24 hours after treatment is started and lesions are dry.
Scabies – may return 24 hours after being treated.
Chickenpox – may return when ALL blisters are dry and crusted, usually 7-10 days.
Strep Throat – May return 24 hours after treatment is started and no fever for 24 hours.
Asthma – if needing a nebulizer (breathing) treatment more frequently than every 2 hours.
Upper respiratory infections such as cold or bronchitis – keep home if have excessive cough, large amounts of yellow/green nasal discharge, or too ill to function adequately in the classroom. Much depends on individual circumstances depending on the student’s age, hygiene habits, and developmental level.
Reasons Not To Stay Home:
Constipation with or without abdominal pain
Cold without a fever (see explanation above)
Asthma (unless needing a breathing treatment more frequently than every 2 hours)
Cold/Cough unless accompanied by fever
Temperature less than 100•F (see above)
Poison Oak (if there is drainage, it should be covered by clothing or a dressing)
Homework is not done
There are only four reasons an absence is excused: (Education Code 48205)
1. Pupil’s personal illness (not parent or sibling)
2. Quarantine directed by county or city health officer
3. Having medical, dental, optometry, or chiropractic services rendered
4. Attending funeral services of a member of the pupil’s immediate family
When a student has had 14 absences in the school year for illness, a physician must verify any further absences for illness. (Board Policy Administrative Regulations 5113)
Please remember that if your student needs to take medication at school both the parent and the physician must complete a “Medication Required During School Hours” form. This form is necessary for all medication both prescriptions and over-the-counter.
If you have any questions regarding these guidelines contact the school or the district nurse at (209) 754-2322.