Q: When should I keep my child home from school?

A: If your child complains of being sick and has symptoms like sore throat, severe head cold, diarrhea, vomiting, or fever greater than 100 degrees in the last 24 hours, your child should remain at home. If your child has a contagious condition that has not been treated such as conjunctivitis (pink-eye), lice, scabies, or ringworm, they should also remain at home until it has been determined that they are no longer contagious or have recieved treatment for 24 to 48 hours.

Q: What is the policy for sending students home from school?

A: Students will be sent home from school for oral fevers above 100 degrees and if a child complains of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomachaches, headaches or sore throat and appears ill. Students will also be sent home if they have a suspected contagious condition.

Q: What is the county policy on pediculosis (head lice)?

A: Head lice occasionally occur among school age children. Caroline County has a No Nit Policy. If a student is found to have head lice, we take the following actions:

  • The Student is immediately removed from his/her class.
  • Parents or guardian are notified and requested to take the student home immediately for treatment.
  • In elementary school, the remainder of that student’s class is checked.
  • If an infested student has siblings or goes to day care after school, those children should be checked.
  • If infested students have siblings in another school, that school is notified.
  • When infested students return to school, they must be free of lice and nits