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When to Keep Your Child Home

For state regulations related to COVID-19, please see:  TEA Public Health Guidance 2022-2023 School Year CDC Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

What to Do If You Are Sick

If you are unsure whether to keep your child home, contact your school nurse.  When your child returns to school, remember to send an excuse note with your child.

Illness - Please adhere to the following PISD guidelines before sending your child to school.  We want to minimize the spread of any illnesses at school.


A child cannot be at school with any of the following:
  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher. Students MUST be fever free for 24 hours without the use of a fever reducer before returning to school.
  • Vomiting or diarrhea- must be free of symptoms for 24 hours
  • Any communicable diseases
  • Contagious rashes or weeping sores


Head lice -  A child is excluded from school until treated with appropriate medicated shampoo.  Upon returning to school, they must come to the clinic for a head check.  It is important to develop a routine at home to check your child for lice.


Medication -  Please give all medications at home when possible.  When at school, all medications must be in the original labeled container or box.  Medications given for 10 days and under may have a signed note from parents giving permission for school personnel to administer.  Long-term medications must have a physician's authorization form completed.