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

When Should I Keep My Child At Home?


Please help us keep our school community safe and healthy by staying home when your child is ill or showing possible signs of illness. Common signs include: 

  • 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.

  • Unusual behavior such as lethargy, irritability, crying, etc.

Sandy Hill is following the County's COVID-19 Guidelines for children and staff. Please read through the linked document below and follow the guidelines for any suspected COVID-19 cases and/or close contacts/exposures:


Please note that 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 all of our families healthy!

Sick Policy

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