School Guidelines for Keeping Young Children Home Due to Illness
Your child should be kept home if:
- he or she has a temperature of 100° or greater
- he or she is experiencing vomiting or diarrhea
If your child has had a fever of 100° or greater, he/she should not return to school until 24 hours after the fever has left and you no longer need to use medication to keep the temperature down.
The same 24-hour guideline applies to vomiting and diarrhea. For example, if your child vomits in the morning at breakfast time, do not send him/her to school in the afternoon, even if there is no vomiting at lunch. Wait until the following breakfast time, with no vomiting or diarrhea during the day or night. If there has been no further vomiting or diarrhea, you can send him/her to school.
If a child is not running a fever, but is obviously not feeling well enough to participate in classroom activities (for example, is very tired, has continual coughing, excessive runny nose, etc.), it is a good idea to keep him/her at home. Your child may need extra sleep, fluids or medication to get rid of these symptoms. Otherwise, he/she is more likely to stay sick longer.
Sending an ill child to school exposes other children to your child's illness. Children easily pass germs through their play and close contact with each other. Please send your child back to school when he/she is fully recovered. Then everyone will have the opportunity to experience the best from his/her school day.
To check a specific illness or disease, visit the Hennepin County Health Department website.
Please call your child's school when your child is staying home due to illness. If your child is not well enough to attend school but well enough to do school work at home, you may request homework according to your school's homework policy.
Prolonged Absence & Injury
Certain illnesses may cause prolonged absences from school. If that happens, we need a doctor’s note stating the reason your child cannot attend school and the anticipated length of time your child will not be in school. (This does not apply to students/staff who are asked by public health officials to self-quarantine due to potential exposure to COVID-19. Those indivuduals are asked to self-report to schools any restrictions so that we may work with you on next steps.)
If your child has an injury that affects his/her participation in Physical Education class, a doctor’s note is needed including the date of return to P.E. The note should state the nature of the injury, what activities are to be avoided and which activities your child can safely do. This will facilitate an easier transition to an alternative activity. If an alternative activity cannot be done, extra credit make up will be required once the injury has healed and full participation is allowed.
If your child cannot participate in P.E. class for only a day or two, we need a note from the parent. The student will then be required to sign up for a make-up/extra credit class that will be held after school to receive credit for the classes that are missed. Extra credit classes can be attended by all students in PE and those points banked to improve the overall grade in the class. In all cases, the student should try to dress according to the requirements of the P.E. class. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate any needs he/she may have with the teacher.
Schools need your updated contact information in the event of illness or injury at school. Please call your child's school with this information as soon as possible.
Emergency cards can be completed and updated at any time. Call your child's school to update this information or send the completed form to school with your child. Or you can update all emergency information on Family Access.