From the Attendance Office

Aug. 9, 2019

"Attendance Works" is committed to advancing student success by reducing chronic absenteeism (18 absences in a school year for any reason). When your teen is not feeling well, it can often be hard to determine whether he/she should stay at home, or go to school. Guidelines are as follows:

Send me to school if...

  • I have a runny nose or just a little cough, but no other symptoms.
  • I haven't taken any fever reducing medicine for 24 hours, and I have had a fever of 100 degrees or higher during that time.
  • I haven't thrown up or had diarrhea (bacteria/virus related) for 24 hours.

Keep me at home if...

  • I have a temperature higher than 100 degrees even after taking medicine.
  • I'm throwing up or have diarrhea (bacteria or virus related)

Call the doctor if...

  • I have a temperature higher than 100 degrees for more than two days.
  • I've been throwing up or have had diarrhea for more than two days.
  • I've had the sniffles for more than a week, and they aren't getting better.
  • I still have asthma symptoms after using my asthma medicine (and call 911 if I'm having trouble breathing after using an inhaler).

As always, follow your pediatrician's instructions.

Parents may excuse the first six absences in a semester (12 total for the school year) for reasons listed in the handbook as excused. Any absences beyond the first six for the semester, must be accompanied by a doctor's note verifying the illness in order to be excused. If you do not wish to take your child to the doctor, the school nurse may be seen. If the nurse sends the child home ill, then the doctor's note is waived.