When Should Students Stay Home?

The following is a letter sent to all LABBB parents and guardians last week from the LABBB Health Office:

Deciding whether or not to keep your child home from school isn’t always easy! A very sick child does not belong in school, but deciding when a child is too sick for school can be tricky.  There are times when a child should remain at home for his/her own welfare and for the protection of other students and staff.

sick kid in school

The following criteria may be used to determine when a child should remain at home:

  1. Has a cold in the contagious stage (first 3-5 days)
  2. Sore throat and swollen neck glands accompanied by a fever
  3. Undiagnosed rash or skin eruptions
  4. Earache, red eyes or drainage from the eyes
  5. Tonsillitis or any communicable disease
  6. Fever over 100 during the past 24 hours
  7. Vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours
  8. Head lice (until treated and nits are removed)

If your son/daughter develops a communicable disease or condition, (e.g. chicken pox, strep throat, scarlet fever, fifth’s disease or head lice) please notify your child’s school nurse.  This will enable us to monitor your child’s progress and other student / staff exposure.

Students should remain at home a minimum of one day following the resolution of an acute illness.  Please check the student’s temperature before returning to school.  A student should be “fever free” without using fever-reducing medications (such as Tylenol, Motrin, Advil, etc.)  for 24 hours before returning to school.  Remember, the essentials of good health are good nutrition, plentiful fluids, regular exercise and plenty of rest.

thermom and advil

Dismissal Guidelines for Health Reasons can be found on the LABBB Health Office Website http://www.labbb.com/HealthOffice.  When a student becomes ill at school, the parents or guardian will be notified and expected to come for the student as soon as possible.  Please notify the school when name or number changes. 

Feel free to call the LABBB Collaborative Health Office if you are unsure whether or not to send your child to school.

nurse office


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