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Policy for Sick Children - When Your Child Needs to Stay Home

Students should not be sent to school if they are showing signs of illness, such as fever (100.5 degrees or above), diarrhea, stomachache, nausea, constant coughing, sore throat, or a headache the previous night.

Children should be fever and pain free for 24 hours before returning to school. Parents should notify the school office by calling the attendance line at 925-258-6448 whenever their child is going to be absent from school due to illness or injury.

Any student found to have any of the following contagious conditions will be sent home from school:

Strep Throat or Scarlet Fever Excluded from school for 24 hours after treatment has started and fever is gone.
Head Lice A student who has active (adult) lice will be excluded from school until medicated treatment is completed and no live adult lice remain in their hair
Pink Eye If bacterial (with pus), excluded from school for 24 hours after treatment has started.
Pinworms or Ringworm A student does not need to stay home after treatment has begun
Chicken Pox Excluded from school until the blisters have dried into scabs, usually about 6 days after the rash appears.
Scabies Excluded from school for 24 hours after treatment has started
Impetigo Excluded from school until the student has been treated with antibiotics for at least 24 hours.
Open Wounds Cover any open and weeping wounds with bandages or gauze.


A note must be sent with your child if you believe he/she should not participate in activities such as physical education, recess, or other activity due to illness or injury.  If a child is unable to participate in an activity for more than 3 days, a doctor's note is needed.