Many parents are concerned about when to keep children who have been ill at home.

The following is intended to help parents with this decision:

Your child should stay home if he/she:

  • has a fever of 100° or more (should remain at home for 24 hours after fever is gone). Their fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
  • has vomited or has diarrhea (should remain at home for 24 hours after vomiting and/or diarrhea has stopped)
  • has a persistent cough
  • has any rash
  • has open or draining skin sores
  • has inflamed or draining eyes or ears

If your child is well enough to attend school but must have medication during the day, all school clinics are staffed with registered Public School Nurses. If you are not familiar with the Williamsburg-James City County School medication policy, please contact the nurse at your child’s school.

Please do not ask that your child is excused from physical education after an illness unless the request is accompanied by a physician’s note.

If a modification in activity is needed for a short time, contact the physical education teacher or classroom teacher.