Health Services

General Illness

When to Keep Your Child Home from School

Deciding when a child is too sick to go to school can be a difficult decision for parents to make. When trying to decide, use the guidelines below and seek the advice of your health care provider.

Keep your child home if they have any of the following:

In Addition:

  • Remember to call the school every day that your child will be absent.

  • Make sure the school has your current contact information in case your child was to become ill or injured at school.

  • Have a plan in place for childcare issues for when your child is ill.

  • If your child has a communicable disease, please notify the school.

  • In some instances it will be necessary for your physician to provide the school with a medical release before your child may return to school.

  • Medications should be given at home if at all possible. If a medication is required during school hours the procedures for medication administration must be followed.