Sick Call: When Students Should be Absent
Illness or Injury Exclusion Criteria– Reasons for which a child may be sent home from school or for a parent to keep the child home from school.
- Fever of 100ºF and over – exclude until student has been fever-free for at least 24 hours.
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye), strep infections, ringworm, and impetigo are all infections and must be treated with medication for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school. Please do not allow affected students back before this time so that other students are not infected unnecessarily.
- Rash of unknown origin (especially if accompanied by a fever).
- Head injury.
- Severe coughing or difficulty breathing.
- Colds – a child with thick or constant nasal discharge should remain home.
- Diarrhea or vomiting – exclude until student has been symptom-free for at least 24 hours.
- Stiff neck associated with a fever and/or a recent injury.
- Inadequate immunizations with known disease outbreak in school.
- Refer to the VDOH “Communicable Disease Reference Chart for School Personnel” for other exclusions/information.