Sandy Hill’s Sick Policy is adapted from recommendations by the American Public Health Association.


When Should I Keep My Child At Home?


Please do not send your child to school when he/she is ill or showing possible signs of illness!

  • Nasal discharge that is heavy enough to require frequent wiping, especially if accompanied by sneezing and/or coughing (colds are most commonly spread by air droplets from sneezing and coughing).

  • Cough that is persistent enough to limit his/her activity, especially if accompanied by other symptoms (runny nose, sneezing, etc.).

  • Temperature of 99 degrees or greater within the past 24 hours.

  • Vomiting one or more times in the previous 24 hours.

  • Diarrhea in the previous 24 hours.

  • Conjunctivitis or pink eye. Defined as pink or red eyes with white or yellow discharge, often with matted eyelids after sleep.

  • Infestation (e.g. head lice, scabies). Keep at home until all nits (eggs) have been removed.

  • Rash with fever or behavior change (until seen by a physician who determines the illness is not communicable).

  • Streptococcal infection, until 24 hours after treatment has been initiated.

  • Signs of possible illness including lethargy, irritability, crying, etc.


The need to send a child home from school shall be at the sole discretion of his or her teacher. We want to keep your child, the classmates, and the teachers as healthy as possible. Thank you for your cooperation!

Sick Policy