Attendance Facts

  • Did you know that…..

    • Parents should teach their students to cope with minor illness or face anxieties rather than avoid school.
    • Parents are the best resources to help students stay well.
    • Every weekday thousands of parents are faced with the dilemma: Is their child sick, or is that stomachache an excuse for staying home from school?
    • Most complaints of “not feeling well” are not serious enough to justify an absence from school.
    • The “night before rule” serves as a guideline for parents: If the student was not sick the night before, and shows no outward signs of illness, send him/her to school.
    • When a student has chronic complaints that disappear on weekends, holidays or after school, usually nothing physical is to blame.
    • Hand washing is the single way to prevent the spread of cold germs.
    • A temperature of 99 degrees is not a fever, and a child may go to school.
    • A mild headache or a lingering cough, can be treated with acetaminophen, and a child can go to school.
    • A stomachache does not justify a school absence unless accompanied by diarrhea, vomiting or fever.
    • Head lice is a nuisance and requires exclusion from school and treatment. With treatment a child can return within two days with a clearance from the district nurse.
    • An ear infection is not contagious and a student may be in school once antibiotic treatment has been started.
    • Runny noses last a long time in small children, but are not enough of a problem to remain out of school.
    • A residual cough from a cold does not require a student to remain home.
    • Chicken Pox last 7-10 days and students may return as soon as all of the lesions are crusted and dry. A vaccine is available to prevent Chicken Pox.
    • Students with “Pink Eye” should be excluded from school until treated by a doctor and eye drainage has subsided. (Approximately 48 hours). Students may return to school once a clearance from the district nurse has been obtained.
    • Students with conditions such as “Pink Eye”, Impetigo and Ringworm are infectious. Students can return 24hrs after treatment is started or when lesions can be covered.
    • Anxiety and stress may cause physical pain. Reassure the child and send him/her to school anyway.  A student who stays home with minor or non-existent symptoms should find home boring and not fun. Impose rules that include no television, no videos, no friends over, and no running around.
    • Parents should teach their students to cope with minor illness or face anxieties rather than avoid school.
    • Parents are the best resources to help students stay well.