The front of 5th Street School on a sunny day.





Parents often have trouble knowing whether their child is too ill to go to school. The following guidelines will help you decide.


Your child is too ill to go to schoolif he or she has any of the following symptoms:

*Seems very tired and needs bed rest (this is common with flu symptoms).

*Has vomiting or diarrhea.

*Becomes short of breath or has an increase in wheezing during normal activity.

*Has a cough that interrupts his normal activity.

* Has a temperature above 100 degrees Fehrenheit by mouth.

* Has pain from earache, headache, sore throat, or recent injury.

*Has yellow or green drainage from the eye(s).

*Breaks out in a rash.



Your child should not go to school if his temperature is above 100 degrees Fehrenheit. He may return to school 24 hours after his temperature is below 100 degrees without fever reducing medicine and he is feeling better.



A contagious disease is one that can be spread by close contact with a person or object. Examples of contagious diseases are: chickenpox, the flu with vomiting or diarrhea, colds, “runny nose,” strep throat, and “pinkeye.” A disease is most often contagious 24 hours before the child shows signs of illness. It is very hard to prevent the spread of some germs, especially in a child care center or in a school classroom. Good hand washing will help prevent the spread of germs.

Your child should stay home from school if he has a contagious disease to keep from spreading it to others.


If your child has chickenpox or strep throat, ask your doctor when he may return to school or child care. Generally, children who have active chickenpox should not return to school or child care until all the lesions are dried and crusted. Children with strep throat should be on antibiotics for 24 hours and have no fever before returning to school or child care.  When your child has been free of fever for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medicine such as acetaminophen), is feeling better and has no other symptoms disappear.


·         School is a child’s work. It is important for normal development. If your child is absent often, it may be harder to keep up with the class. It is important that your child does not miss more than a few days of school a year due to illness.

·         Ask your doctor when you are not sure about keeping your child home.