When should kids stay home?

  • Keeping your student home when they are sick is an important way to help prevent the spread of germs that cause illnesses. especially during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Keep your child home if:

       - They have a temperature over 100.3
       - They are coughing or have other significant respiratory symptoms.
       - They have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last two weeks.


    Your child will need to stay home for 7 days or no fever without medication to reduce it for 3 days, whichever is longer.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that your child be kept home if:


      - He/she is not able to take part in normal school activities
      - The illness causes an unsafe or unhealthy place for others at school
      - The child requires care that cannot be managed at school


    You should also keep your child home if he/she has:



     - Vomiting: Two or more times within 24 hours 

     - Diarrhea: Three or more watery stools within 24 hours 

     - An open or oozing sore: Unless it is properly covered with a bandage that will not leak wound drainage while at school


    There are many other infectious diseases that require a child to remain home from school for a period of time such as strep throat, pink eye, chickenpox, mumps and whooping cough (pertussis). Check with the school first before your child returns to school if he/she has had any of these conditions or any other less common infectious disease. Many diseases are preventable by vaccination including influenza (flu).


    For immunization information, contact Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department at (253) 798-6410.