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 decision to send a child home from school shall be at the sole discretion of his or her teacher. Thank you for helping keep our community healthy!

Sick Policy