Illness


If you suspect your child has a communicable disease, contact your health care provider.

Your school nurse can help determine which diseases require exclusion from school or reporting to Yolo County Health and Human Services. School nurses work with the health department to monitor and manage communicable disease outbreaks and coordinate prevention programs.
Yolo County Health and Human Services, Communicable Disease Investigation and Control website
Is my child too sick to attend school?
If your child has minor symptoms such as minor cough, headache, stomach ache, etc. and is able to function, it is okay to send them to school.

Keep your child home with any of the following symptoms:
  • Fever: – If your child has a fever of 100 °F or more, keep them home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of medicine. If your child has a fever after 2:00 p.m. they may not attend school the following day.
  • Diarrhea/vomiting – Keep your child home for 24 hours past the last episode without the use of  medicine.
  • Cough: A child with heavy cold symptoms, such as deep or uncontrollable coughing, or significant lack of energy, belongs at home even without a fever.
  • Runny nose: If your child has a constant runny nose that they cannot maintain themselves, keep them home.
  • Sore throat: Keep your child at home and contact a medical provider for a severe sore throat with white spots in the back of the throat, with or without a fever.
  • Pink eye: Your child should be kept at home until evaluated by a medical provider.
  • Rash: Do not send a child with a rash to school until a medical provider has said it is safe to do so – especially with additional symptoms like itching, fever, or ill appearance.
  • Fluid-filled blisters of unknown origin: It is important to have these evaluated by a medical provider due to the risk of serious infection.

Can I send my child to school or should they stay home sick?
¿Debe quedarse en casa o debe ir a la escuela?