Keeping Students Healthy and Safe
When Should I Keep My Child Home?Parents and caregivers often ask us when they should keep their child home and when they should send their child to school. In general, we encourage parents to ask themselves, "Is my child ready to be a student today?". If their illness is preventing them from being a productive member of their class, then staying home is best. Also, please keep in mind that a sick child can spread illness to their classmates so staying home is also important for others' health as well.
Brief Recommendations for Respiratory Illnesses, from the Vermont Department of Health, December 2022
- Fever (greater than 100°) We encourage you to keep your child home until your child’s temperature is back to normal (less than 99°) for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
- Coughing (excessive) Your child’s cough should be “dry” sounding and easily controlled by a drink of water or cough drop before returning to school.
- Vomiting or Diarrhea Your child should be able to eat food and drink liquids without vomiting or diarrhea for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
- Red or Draining Eyes Please keep your child at home and check with a physician to ensure your child does not have conjunctivitis.
- Excessive Nasal Drainage Please keep your child at home and check with a physician to ensure your child does not have an infection.
- Unusual Rash Please keep your child at home and check with a physician to ensure that the rash is not contagious.
- Infection If your child has been tested or treated for any contagious infection, please ensure that he/she has been taking the prescribed medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
- COVID-19 If your child tests positive for COVID-19, please contact your school's nurse for next steps.