When Should My Child Stay Home From School?

The following information is intended to help decide when a student should stay home:

  • If a student has had a fever of 100 degrees or more, the student should stay home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal without fever reducing medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
  • If a student has vomited or had diarrhea and it is likely due to a contagious illness, the student should stay home until 24 hours after the last episode.
  • If a student has had any rash that may be disease-related or the cause is unknown, check with your health care provider before sending the student to school.
  • If a student is ill, please call the school daily to report the illness.


Annie Lumbar Bendson, RN LSN
Coordinator of School Health Services

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