• Illness: When to Keep Your Sick Child at Home


    Upon occasion, it is necessary for your child to remain home due to an illness. The following guidelines should be followed when determining whether to keep your child home:


    • Your child should not be sent to school hoping that he or she will feel better after arriving.
    • Your child should be kept home following a nighttime bout of nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea and watched for further symptoms.
    • Your child should remain home if he/she has had a temperature of 100 degrees or higher. A child should have a normal temperature for 24 hours before returning to school.
    • Do not send your child to school if he/she is taking prescription pain medication.

    Communicable Diseases

    Parents often ask about sending their child to schools with a communicable disease. The Pennsylvania Department of Health offers the following guidelines and exclusion periods:

    • Pink Eye: 24 hours after initiation of treatment
    • Strep Throat, Scarlet Fever: 24 hours after initiation of treatment
    • Lice: Until treated with a pediculicidal agent. Students who have been excluded must be checked by the School Nurse and found to be free of lice eggs before re-entering the building.
    • Chicken Pox: Six days from the outbreak of the last crop of blisters with all pox marks dried
    • Impetigo, scabies and ringworm: Until judged non-infectious by the physician

Last Modified on August 9, 2010