When to Keep Your Child Home
Dear Parents:

Children learn best when they are healthy, but they also learn best when they are in school. So, when your school age child complains of not feeling well on a school day, a decision must be made as to whether the child should stay home or go to school.

It is important to make the right decision because one sick child in a school setting can result in spreading the illness to others. However, if a child is having difficulties in school, he or she may claim to be ill when they are not, making success in school a challenge due to excessive absences.

If your child is experiencing any of the following illnesses* or symptoms of illness, please keep your child home from school and contact your child’s physician:

Oral temperature 100 or greater


Nausea with vomiting

Pink eye

Uncontrolled coughing

Strep throat/infection

Rash with fever

Pertussis (whooping cough)

Lethargy or headache with fever

Chicken pox

*This is not a complete listing of communicable diseases that would require exclusion from school. Please contact your Doctor or Health Department for a complete list.

Please consider sending your child to school if they have these complaints in the absence of fever or vomiting, as many of these resolve on their own during the school day:

  • nausea
  • headache
  • exhaustion/complaints of being “tired”

Skipping breakfast is the most common cause of these complaints; encouraging your child to eat a healthy breakfast can not only prevent these symptoms, but increase school performance and establish a lifetime healthy eating habits.

If your child has a long-term illness that requires extended absences from school, please contact the main office as soon as possible so arrangements can be made for make up work. If your child develops a pattern of absences due to illness, a meeting will be arranged with you, the School Nurse, Dean of Students, and your child to create a plan to prevent your student from falling behind in their schoolwork.

If you are unsure if it is appropriate to send your child to school, please contact your physician or local health department at (262) 763-4930.

Thank you, and have a healthy and productive school year:
Jill Sheeley R.N., B.S.N.
Public Health/ School Nurse