When Should My Child Stay Home?

When Should My Child Stay Home From School
Should My Child Stay Home?

When should my child stay home?


  1. When your child has a temperature higher than 100.0. Your child should stay home until they have been under 100.0 for 24 hours without Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin (ibuprofen).
  2. When your child has vomited in the last 24 hours.
  3. When your child has had 2 or more bouts of diarrhea in the last 24 hours.
  4. When your child has thick yellow drainage from their eyes or crusty drainage on their eyelashes. (When your child is diagnosed with “pink eye”, the student needs to remain at home until the antibiotic has been used for 24 hours.)
  5. When your child has a sore throat with a fever over 100.0. (When your child is diagnosed with “strep throat”, the student needs to remain at home until the antibiotic has been used for 24 hours.)
  6. When your child has an uncontrollable cough.
  7. When your child has severe pain that is not easily controlled with ibuprofen or acetaminophen. (The School Nurse can only administer medicine to students with an authorization from medical provider and written permission from parent/guardian.)
  8. When your child is starting a new medicine prescribed by the medical provider. It is the parent’s responsibility to monitor for side effects. (When possible, start the medicine on a weekend or day off from school to prevent absence from school.)


If you have any questions or concerns, please have a conversation with your school nurse. Thank you!


Holly L. Desimone, RN

Plainfield Central Middle School Nurse

(860) 564-6112