If you feel your child may not make it through the day, may have difficulty concentrating and/or actively participating because of an illness, keep your child home.  If your child becomes ill while in school and needs to go home, you are responsible for securing prompt and safe transportation home for your child.  Any changes in work or home phone numbers need to be reported to the school without delay.


    How do you know when to keep your child home from school? 

    Below are guidelines for keeping your child home from school.  This information is not meant to replace guidance from your child's health care provider.


    • Bad cough or difficulty breathing (check with your health care provider immediately).
    • Common cold - Student may come to school if they feel well enough to make it through the entire school day and are able to concentrate on their schoolwork and participate in all activities at school.  The school nurse can administer tylenol and ibuprofen if written permssion is given from the parent/guardian.  If your child needs additional medication in school follow the instructions HERE
    • Diarhea/Vomiting: If your child has more than two episodes of loose stool and/or vomiting, especially if there is a rash, weakness and/or fever (check with your health care provider) the student should stay home from school.
    • Conjuntivitis (Pink eye)- Should stay home if fever, behavior changes or the student is unable to participate in normal school activities due to pink-eye
    • Head lice- Student may return once treatment is started (The student will be sent home at end of program day when first noticed)  See BSD policy
    • Impetigo- May return to school after treatment and if sores are not weeping and/or draining. 
    • Rash - Student's with fever above 100 and/or behavioral changes should stay home until rash is non-contagious or HCP determines the rash is not contagious.
    • Ringworm-Student may return to school once treatment is started. (A student will be sent home at end of program day when first noticed)
    • Scabies- May return after treatment has been given
    • Strep throat and/or scarlet fever– follow the 24 hour rule – fever free and on an antibiotic for 24 hours before returning to school 
    • Fever (100 F by oral thermometer or higher) accompanied by one of the following: unusual spots or rashes, sore throat or trouble swallowing, infected skin patches, unusually dark tea-colored urine, gray or white stool, headache and stiff neck, vomiting, unusually cranky behavior, or loss of appetite (Delaware Code 4202 Control of Communicable and Other Disease Conditions Students with these symptoms should see their health care provider.   During flu season, the Delaware Division of Public Health recommends staying home with a fever of 100 degrees until your child's temperature has returned to normal for 24 hours without medication.

     Resources:  American Academy of Pediatrics, 2015. Managing Infectious Diseases in Child Care and Schools.

                       Delaware Division of Public Health, (2015) . Delacare: Regulations for Early Care and Education

                       and School-Age Centers


    Click here for additional guidance for parents.   


    Questions?   Call your child's school nurse. 


    Page Modified:  March 10, 2018