Sickness Policy

24 Hour Rule: Provided they feel well enough, students may return to class:

  • 24 hours after a fever ends;
  • 24 hours after starting antibiotics, provided there is no fever;
  • 24 hours after last episode of diarrhea or vomiting, provided there is no fever.


  • Diarrhea and vomiting make children very uncomfortable. If your child has repeated episodes of diarrhea and vomiting, or is accompanied by fever of 100.0 or above, a rash or general weakness, consult a doctor and keep your child home until the illness passes.
  • Fever is an important symptom; when it occurs along with a sore throat, nausea, listlessness, or a rash, your child could be carrying something very contagious. Parents are asked to keep their children home during the course of a fever of 100.0 degrees or above and for an additional 24 hours after the fever has passed.  If your child has a fever of 100.0 degrees or above during the class you will be contacted to pick up your child. 
  • A bad cough or cold symptoms can indicate a severe cold, bronchitis, flu, or even pneumonia. Please keep your child home if there is a persistent cough or if he/she cannot contain his/her runny nose. If your child is not acting right, develops a fever, has difficulty breathing, or is becoming dehydrated, it could be serious. Check with your doctor right away.
  • Strep throat and scarlet fever are two highly contagious conditions caused by a streptococcal (bacterial) infection. They usually arrive with a sore throat and high fever. About 12 to 48 hours after the onset of scarlet fever, a rash will also appear. A child with either strep throat or scarlet fever should be kept home and treated with antibiotics, as prescribed by a doctor. After 24 hours on an antibiotic, the child may return to school, with doctor permission provided there is no fever.
  • Chicken pox, a viral disease, is very uncomfortable and extremely contagious. If your child has a fever, is itching, and begins to sprout pink or red spots with watery centers on the back, chest, and/or face, the chances are good it is chicken pox. Please tell us if it is; it is important that schools know this information. Keep your child home for at least a week from the time the rash appeared or if there is still fluid in any of the pox and at least two days after the last spot has appeared, whichever period is longer.
  • Measles is a viral infection that attacks a child’s respiratory system, causing a dry, hacking cough, general weariness, inflamed eyes, and fever. If these symptoms appear, keep your child home and consult your doctor right away to avert complications that are more serious. If it is confirmed as measles, please let us know. The measles rash of hard red bumps will next appear on the child’s face, behind the ears, and down the body. Please keep your child home for several days after the rash has disappeared.
  • Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease is a common viral illness characterized by fever, sores in the mouth, and a rash with fluid filled blisters usually located on the palms of hands and soles of feet. 24 hour fever rule applies.
  • Conjunctivitis or pink eye is highly contagious and uncomfortable, so take heed when your child complains of an eye or eyes burning, itching, and producing a discharge. Minor cases (caused by a virus) and severe cases (caused by bacteria) require treatment with prescription eye drops. Please keep your child home for 24 hours after treatment is begun.
  • Ear infection Follow the 24 hour rule for fever and antibiotic therapy.
  • Head Lice: See the separate information for head lice.
  • A runny nose is the way many children respond to pollen, dust, chalk, or simply a change in the season. If it is not the common cold, then it is an allergy. It is not necessary to keep your child home from school if her/his only symptom is a runny nose unless he/she is unable to contain it.