If your child is sick or unable to attend school, please call the school attendance line at 813-854-6031 ext. 1.
Please leave your child’s first and last name, teacher’s name, YOUR first and last name, your phone number, and the reason for your child’s absence.
NOTE- even with a phone call, you will get a auto generated email/phone call to ensure you know your child was absent that day.
If your child has a fever above 100.4, they must stay out of school for 24 hours after fever.
Please click HERE for Hillsborough County Attendance Policy.
Should my student stay home?
Here are 5 reasons a child should miss a day of school.
Kids are notorious for getting fevers, though the causes are sometimes unclear. Even without an explanation for the fever, kids should stay home if they have a fever above 100 degrees. WebMD explains that a fever is a sign that the body is fighting an illness and reports, “If it’s 101 F or higher, wait until your child is fever-free for at least 24 hours before sending her back to school.”
Diarrhea or vomiting
Vomiting is usually an easy symptom for parents to spot and a kid’s ticket for a day in bed. Diarrhea can be more difficult to notice, especially for kids who no longer need any help in the bathroom. Both of these symptoms should keep kids home at least for the day. Parents should take care not to send their child back to school too early and wait until they have not had diarrhea or vomiting for 24 hours.
Hand, foot and mouth
Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is a common childhood illness and highly contagious, though it is generally mild and runs its course on its own. It may begin with a fever and irritability, followed by blisters in the mouth and on hands and feet. Kids with HFMD should stay home until they have no fever and their sores have healed.
Cold or flu
Colds can last for more than a week, which makes it difficult to keep a child home for the duration of the illness. When the cold is at its worst, with heavy coughing and lots of nasal discharge, kids may need to stay home and rest. Kids who have influenza or a flu-like illness should stay home until they have not had a fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications.
Illnesses treated by medications
If your child has an illness that is being treated with antibiotics — such as strep throat or pink eye — they often need 24 hours of treatment before returning to school. Other common conditions requiring treatment before going back to school include head lice and ringworm. Talk to your doctor about how long to keep your kids home while they are undergoing treatment.
Keeping kids home from school can be a big burden for working parents and difficult for kids who may fall behind on schoolwork. However, sending them to school when they are sick can be detrimental to the child and their classmates. These common symptoms are good reasons to give your kid a sick day. Contact your child’s pediatrician if you are unsure if your child is well enough for school.