When to Keep Your Child Home
To comply with new stricter guidelines from the Texas Administrative Code and the Department of State Health Services, a student must stay home or be sent home from school for:
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
- Diarrhea: A student must stay home until diarrhea-free for 24 hours without use of diarrhea-suppressing medications.
- Fever: A student with a temperature of 100 F (37.8 C) or higher must stay home until fever-free for 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medication.
In the best interest of your child and his/her classmates, your child should also remain at home for the following conditions:
- Uncontrolled asthma or diabetes
- Undiagnosed rash
Your child may be sent home for other reasons, as determined by the clinic staff at your child’s school.
If you are unsure whether to keep your child home, contact your school nurse or healthcare assistant. When your child returns to school, remember to send an excuse note with him/her.