When Should Your Child Stay Home?


    When deciding whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines.

    FEVER-Your child should stay home with a temperature is  100 degrees or greater. They should return to school only after their temperature has been below 100, without fever medications, for at least 24 hours.

    Keep your child home under the following conditions:

    VOMITING and DIARRHEA- even if just once

    FREQUENT COUGH- if congested (wet) or croup-sounding cough

    EXCESSIVE NASAL CONGESTION-with runny nose or frequent need to blow

    Feeling Sneezy??? Remember to Sneeze in your sleeve!


    Colds are the most contagious during the first 48 hours.

    A child who has started antibiotics needs to be on the medication for 24 hours before being considered non-contagious and able to return to school.

    Please remember it is an extremely long day for a child who is sent to school ill. Remaining at home will help minimize the spread of the infections and viruses in the classroom.

    We appreciate your help with keeping all our Goliad students healthy and ready to learn.

    Please contact our school nurse, Kim Williams, R.N. or LeslieBavousett, CNA if you have any questions or concerns. (432.456.5650)

    Responsibility of Parents/Guardians

    Parents/guardians are responsible for picking up their child in a timely manner when they are notified by the school that their child has complained of illness or injury while at school. We are not equipped to care for an ill or injured student for an indefinite amount of time. A sick child belongs at home and should not be in school.

    Parents/guardians should make every attempt to pick up their child as quickly as possible if notified that their child is ill or injured at school. If the parent/guardian is unable to come to the school when notified, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to make arrangements for another responsible person or someone who is listed on the child’s Emergency Information Card to act on their behalf and pick the child up at school. Please make arrangements for such an event in advance. The fact that a parent works does not excuse him/her from that responsibility.

    Please keep your child’s Emergency Information Card current. Be sure to inform the school when phone numbers or emergency contacts change.

    For the health and safety of all students and staff at Goliad, please do not send a sick child to school.


    Reasons for which a child may be sent home from school or for a parent to keep the child home from school.
    1. Fever of 100° F and over- exclude until student has been fever-free for at least 24 hours. (without anti-fever medications)
    2. Conjunctivitis (pink eye), strep infections, ringworms, and impetigo are all infections and must be treated with medication for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school. Please do not allow affected students back before this time so that other students are not infected unnecessarily.
    3. Rash of unknown origin (especially if accompanied by a fever).
    4. Head injury.
    5. Severe coughing or difficulty breathing.
    6. Colds-a child with thick or constant nasal discharge should remain home.
    7. Diarrhea or vomiting-exclude until student has been symptom-free for at least 24 hours.
    8. Stiff neck associated with a fever and/or a recent injury.
    9. Inadequate immunizations with known disease outbreak in school.