Mary Byron, RN
Kristin O'Shaughnessy, RN
Is my child too ill to attend school?
Parents are often confronted with this decision when their child complains of not feeling well. The guidelines shown here may be helpful. It will not cover every medical condition and does not take the place of seeking medical attention. Please consult your doctor for specific medical advice.
- FEVER – 100 degrees or higher
A fever is a sign of illness. A child with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher should not attend school.
- SORE THROAT / COLDS / COUGH
Minor cold symptoms are common and usually don't interfere with school attendance. A persistent, frequent cough and/or constant nasal drainage may affect your child's performance at school, and he/she may be more comfortable at home.
A rash may cover the entire body or only one area. A child that has a rash that is draining, has open areas or is causing the child to itch excessively should not attend school. A rash accompanied with other symptoms such as a fever, headache, sore throat, irritability, vomiting, etc... should not attend school.
- VOMITING / DIARRHEA
A child who is vomiting and/or is having frequent diarrhea stools should not attend school. If there is cramping/abdominal pain with diarrhea, the student may be more comfortable at home.
All of the above conditions may put other students at risk of infection.
In the event your child will be absent from school, please notify the school by calling the attendance line. This will prevent worry about the safety of your child.
Unnecessary school absences may affect a child's attitude, work habits and progress. Unnecessary school absences should be avoided.
A Reminder for Parents
Health assessments are required during the 6th grade year to comply with Connecticut State Law. A completed health assessment form must be on file in the nurse's office prior to entry to seventh grade. Health assessment forms can be downloaded here or obtained from the nurse's office.
Participation in sports (including intramurals) requires a physical, current within the past thirteen (13) months.
Connecticut now requires that all students entering Grade 7 have met the new immunization requirements below:
- 2nd dose of Varicella vaccine or verification of disease
- Adolescent Tdap vaccine
- Meningoccal (MCV4) vaccine
Proof of immunization must be on file prior to entry to seventh grade.