Absences for lllness

Absences are one of the primary causes of academic failure. An absence due to illness is especially difficult for students. They may need to catch up on school work at the same time that they are healing. Please communicate with the school staff regarding illnesses to determine what work will need to be completed.


Keep your student home if he or she has a new skin rash that has not been evaluated by a doctor.  Always call your doctor about unknown skin rashes to determine the cause and if they are contagious.  Rashes are often part of illness that is easily spread to others.


Keep your student home if they have a fever over 100 degrees.  The student may return to school when he/she is fever free for 24 hours without the use of Tylenol or Motrin.  Fever is a sign of infection that can be transmitted to someone else.

Vomiting or Diarrhea

Keep your child home for 24 hours after the last episode of diarrhea or vomiting.  Vomiting and diarrhea are often caused by illness that can be transmitted to someone else.

Nose Drainage

Keep your child home if he or she is experiencing yellow or green colored nasal drainage that lasts longer than 10 days or is accompanied by a fever.  Regular colds often have yellow or green drainage.  If they last longer than 10 days, this could be a different illness and it is recommended that your child be seen by his or her doctor.

General Illness

Keep your child home if he or she has significant changes in behavior or health.  Cold and flu can easily be passed to others, especially in the first few days, when accompanied by the symptoms such as irritability, lethargy, sore throat, head ache, and excessive or productive cough.

For prolonged illness of 3 or more weeks, please contact the school regarding Home Hospital and Independent Study programs to facilitate learning during the recovery period.