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When Should I Keep My Child Home From School?

Bringing a child to school with the below symptoms puts other children and school staff members at risk of becoming ill. This information is offered so that we may improve the general health of all members of our school community.
  • Diagnosed Contagious Illness : Students may return to class 24 hours after starting an antibiotic or as otherwise directed by their physician.
  • Diarrhea : A child who experiences 2 or more watery stools in a 24 hour period should remain at home until they have been diarrhea free for 24 hours.
  • Vomiting:  A child who experiences vomiting within the past 24 hours should remain at home until they have been free from vomiting for 24 hours.  (If your child has vomiting due to a diagnosed medical condition, documentation from a doctor must be on file in the clinic.)
  • Eyes : If your child exhibits any mucus or pus draining from the eye, this may be a sign of conjunctivitis (pink eye), a contagious illness. Please keep your child at home and see your healthcare provider. He/She may return to school after they have been on antibiotics for 24 hours and/or are approved by a healthcare provider to return.
  • Fever : Oral temperature equal to or higher than 100.0 degrees (before taking medication such as Tylenol or Advil). Please keep your child at home until they are fever free for 24 hours WITHOUT medicine.
  • Lice/Scabies : A child infected may not return to school until they have been treated and are free of lice. Examination by the nurse is required before re-entering school. Children with scabies may be re-admitted after treatment. Documented proof of treatment by your healthcare provider is required.
  • Rash : If your child exhibits a body rash, especially with fever or itching, he/she should remain at home and be assessed by your healthcare provider. Heat rashes and allergic reactions are not contagious. These children may attend school.
  • COVID-19: Please refer to the Huffman ISD website regarding the exclusion policy on when student can return back to class. If you there are any questions and/or concerns please contact the school nurse.