Illness Guidelines


We strive to create a healthy learning environment for our students, and therefore, it is important not to send your child to school if they are sick.  If your child is experiencing a cold, congestion, upset stomach, temperature or just not feeling well (even if they are not running a fever), please keep them at home.

Your child may be excluded from school in accordance with California Education Code section §48210-48214 and section §49451. “Whenever there is a reason to believe that the child is suffering a recognized contagious or infectious disease, he/she shall be sent home and shall not be permitted to return until the school authorities are satisfied that any contagious disease does not exist.”

About FEVERS and other SYMPTOMS

A low grade fever (with or without a complaint of sore throat or cough) may be viral in nature, but can still be contagious.   A child with a temperature above 100 orally will be sent home from school.  If your child has been out ill with a fever or other symptoms, please adhere to the following guidelines when deciding if your child is well enough to return to school.

  • A fever is defined as an oral temperature above 100 degrees orally or an axillary (armpit) temperature of 99 degrees.

  • In most mild illnesses (2-5 days duration), the fever is lowest in the morning hours, begins to increase in the afternoon, and is highest in the evening. When the child begins to recover, the temperature could be normal in the morning, but the fever may be present in the afternoon.

  • In alliance with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), if your child has had a fever, please keep your child home for at least 24 hours after the fever has gone. The fever should be gone without the use of fever reducing medicine (i.e. Advil, Ibuprofen, Tylenol).

The presence of OTHER SYMPTOMS, to a significant degree, warrants keeping your child home.

  • Eyes that are red, swollen, crusting, and/or draining

  • Diarrhea

  • Nausea/Vomiting –  If your child has vomited the night before or in the morning, do not send your student to school.  Your student should remain home for at least 12 hours after the last episode of vomiting.  A student who vomits at school will be required to go home.

  • Severe sore throat

  • Skin rashes of unknown origin or contagious rash and may require a return to school clearance from a health care provider.