Guidelines for Keeping Sick Children Home


Each day many parents are faced with a decision should they keep their sick child at home or send them off to school.  A sick child cannot learn effectively and is unable to participate in classes in a meaningful way.  Keeping a sick child home prevents the spread of illness in the school community and allows the child an opportunity to rest and recover. Often the way a child looks and acts can make the decision an obvious one.  

Depending on the designated category of community transmission of COVID-19 in the area, the following are documents available to help parents determine if they should keep their sick child(ren) home:  

Category 1 Green/Yellow 2 COVID Spread BSD GUIDELINES FOR STAYING HOME IF ILL revised 3.11.21 

Category 3 (Orange & Red) 7.21.21

Please contact the nurse at your child’s school if you have any questions or need any assistance.

COVID-19 Resources:

COVID Testing Resources 

Guidance on COVID-19 Exposure For Schools Decision Tree

Illness Decision Tree for Schools

COVID-19 in Children and Teens

Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19 in Children

Quarantine vs Isolation 

Symptoms of Coronavirus 

What to Do if You Are Sick