When Should I Keep My Child Home From School?

Students will be sent home from school of should be excluded from school (per Regulation 757-1 Attachment) for the following reasons:

  1. Fever of 100 degrees and over - exclude until student has been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of reducing medications.
  2. 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.
  3. Rash of unknown origin (especially if accompanied by a fever)
  4. Head injury
  5. Severe coughing or difficulty breathing
  6. Colds - a child with thick or constant nasal drainage should remain at home
  7. Diarrhea or vomiting - exclude until student has been symptom free for at least 24 hours
  8. Stiff neck associated with fever and/or recent injury
  9. Inadequate immunizations with known disease outbreak in school
  10. Refer to the VDOH Communicable Disease Reference Chart for School Personnel or visit the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) website