Is your child too sick to go to school?

  • The Billings R-IV School District has a protocol in place for sending and keeping children home from school when they are ill.  We follow this protocol to make sure that children are given an adequate amount of time and rest to get well before returning to school, and to prevent the spread of germs to other children and school staff. Please help to keep the Billings School District a healthy environment by following these simple rules:

    • Fevers:  Keep your child home from school when he/she has a fever of 100 (F) or greater and for 24 hours after the fever has gone away, without taking Tylenol or ibuprofen.
    • Vomiting or Diarrhea: A physician should be contacted if the vomiting and/or diarrhea last longer than 24 hours or becomes severe. No vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school.
    • Strep throat: or a sore throat that is accompanied by a fever and enlarged glands in the neck. A child may return to school 24 hours after beginning antibiotic treatment and he is fever free. 
    • Cold and/or persistent cough: child is ill with continuously runny nose, very tired, or excessive coughing. Call your physician if symptoms continue.
    • Rash: Of unknown cause. The child should remain home until the cause is determined. If the rash is due to chicken pox, your child should remain at home until all lesions are crusted (usually 5-7 days).
    • Conjunctivitis: sometimes referred to as pink eye, a reddening of the white of the eye and inner eyelid is noted along with drainage (pus), itching, or pain. Your child should not attend school until medical attention has determined if it is conjunctivitis, which will require medication, or simply allergies or a cold. If your child awakens and their eyelids are matted together (crusty), please follow the above guidelines.
    • Head Lice -Your child may return to school after proper treatment and must see the nurse before returning to their classroom.       
    • When your child returns to school after an illness he/she should be able to participate in the total school program including outdoor recess and physical education. Your child will be excused from outside recess and physical education after an illness only by a written recommendation from your family doctor or primary health care provider.         
    • Please be sure the school has a telephone number where you can be reached in case your child becomes ill at school. Call the school if your child will not be attending school because of illness.       
    • Make sure your child is adequately dressed for the weather. Please mark your children's clothing to help recover lost articles.