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Illness Guidelines

Sick Day Guidelines

Sick Day Guidelines

Making the Right Call When Your Child is Sick:

Should I keep my child home or send him/her to school?

School policy requires a child stay home if he/she:

  • Has a fever of 100 degrees or more
  • Has been vomiting or has diarrhea
  • Has symptoms that keep your child from participating in school, such as:
    • Lack of appetite or extremely tired.
    • Cough that they cannot control.
    • Shortness of breath.
    • Headache, body aches, or earache
    • Sinus pain.  Mild sinus congestion is ok. Keep your child home if they have thick, colored drainage from the nose, or persistent runny nose that frequently interrupts instruction time. 
    • Sore throat – a little sore throat is ok for school, but a sore throat that the child complains of pain when swallowing, tender swollen glands, or white spots on tonsils could indicate a more contagious infection called strep throat.   This type of infection with or without a fever is very contagious and would need further testing by a doctor.
    • Has untreated head lice.
    • Rash- until the physician has determined that it is NOT a communicable disease.
    • Mattering or inflammation/redness of the eyes until the physician has determined that it is NOT pink eye OR the student has had 24 hours of antibiotic eye drops.

24 Hour Rule:


  • Fever:  Keep your child home until his or her FEVER has been gone WITHOUT medication for 24 hours.  Colds can be contagious for at least 48 hours. Returning to school too soon may slow recovery and make others sick.
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea:  Keep your child home for 24 hours after the LAST time he/she vomited or had diarrhea.
  • ANTIBIOTICS:  Keep your child home until 24 hours after the FIRST dose of an antibiotic.


Contact the school nurse with any questions at 1-319-478-2265 ext. #157 or by email at