• Illness: The parent is the best judge of whether or not the child is ill. Usually, the best place for your child to be is in school, but there are times when it’s best to keep them home to rest or where contacting your healthcare provider is recommended. This is especially important during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

    In addition to the daily attestation regarding screening for Covid-19 symptoms that parents of the district are required to complete, it is important to keep your child home if they are experiencing:

    -Temperature 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher within the last 24 hours

    -Vomiting and/or diarrhea within the last 24 hours

    -Severe sore throat along with fever and feeling ill for more than 48 hours, or after exposure to strep throat infection

    -Cough that makes the child feel uncomfortable or disrupts the class

    -Red, runny eyes that distract the child from learning

    -Large amounts of mucous from their nose

    -Severe ear pain with or without drainage from the ear

    -Honey-crusted sores around the nose or mouth or rash on other body parts; or a rash in various stages including boils, sores and bumps that may be chicken pox

    -Children being treated with antibiotics for an infection may not return to school until they have been on the medication for at least 24 hours 

    If your child has a fever, it is not a good idea to give them medicine like Tylenol or Ibuprofen and send them to school because as soon as the medicine wears off, the fever may return and you will be called to come and pick up your child. During the current pandemic of COVID-19, students’ temperatures will be taken daily before entering the school and as necessary during the school day. It is recommended that your child remain at home, fever free without medication, for 24 hours before returning to school.

    If illness occurs during the school day, we may have to send your child home. It is important that your Emergency Contact information is up to date at all times so that we may contact you to discuss care and/or arrange pick up.


    Absences:  It is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to notify the nurse’s or main office on the morning of the absence. New York State requires a written excuse each time a student is tardy or absent from school. A note should accompany the student upon return to school after every absence and tardiness even if you have spoken with the main office or health office. Please include the date(s) your child was absent and the reason. 

    If you find your child is frequently asking to stay home from school, if they are falling behind or appear anxious about school, or if there does not appear to be any physical symptoms of an illness, contact your school nurse and your child's healthcare provider to discuss your concerns. Social/emotional staff at school may also be a valuable resource for you and your child.