Too sick for school


The School Nurse is limited to provide health care (within the scope of nursing practice) to students who have been injured or present with an acute illness during the course of the school day.

The school nurse cannot diagnose an illness or injury and cannot provide ongoing care without written instructions from a Physician, Physician’s Assistant or Nurse Practitioner.  Students with continued complaints of illness will be referred to their family health care provider.

Is Your Child Too Sick for School?

Reasons for keeping your child home:
    He or she is too sick to be comfortable at school
    He or she might spread a contagious illness to other children

As a rule of thumb, the nurse will call for a student to be picked up from school is he/she has:

  • Fever of 100.4 or higher (student needs to be fever free for 24          hours without medication in order to be in school)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Frequent harsh cough with or without wheezing that persists after medication.
  • Widespread undiagnosed rash
  • Contagious Illness (strep, lice, pink eye, chicken pox, etc)