• When to Miss School


    Keep your child home if:


    S/he has a morning temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, or her temperature is below 100 but she is achy, pale or tired.

    Stomach Ache

    Due to a high incidence of norovirus infection in Marin, the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services advises that students should not return to school until over 48 hours after their last episode of vomiting, with or without fever.  In addition, if your student has received a diagnosis of an infection (such as e coli) which is being treated with antibiotics, you must provide the school with a doctor's note stating such. 

    Sneezing or Runny Nose

    S/he is sneezing a lot, and his/her nose won’t stop running.

    Sore Throat

    S/he has tender, swollen glands and a fever of 100 or higher.


    S/he coughs frequently, coughs up phlegm, or the cough sounds like a bark or is accompanied by a sore throat or wheezing.

    Ear Ache

    If pain is constant or severe, and/or there is any discharge from the ear. This could be a sign of middle ear infection (otitis media).


    The rash blisters, develops pus, or is uncomfortable, which may signal chicken pox or impetigo. 

    Sick children seldom, if ever, gain anything by attending school. They are much better off at home where they are most likely to get the necessary care for recovery and early return to school. Keeping ill children at home also protects other children, their family, and the school staff from infection.

    A child must be kept home at least 24 hours after a fever and 24 hours after starting antibiotics.

    For children who need to take medication at school, send an authorization form signed by a parent and the health care provider with the medication to amankin@reedschools.org