Is my child too ill to attend school? 

Parents are often confronted with this decision when their child complains of not feeling well. The guidelines below may be helpful. It will not cover every medical condition and does not take the place of seeking medical attention. Please consult your health care provider for specific medical advice. In general consider keeping your child at home if s/he displays:
  • an actively runny nose (greenish yellow mucous)
  • a persistent, uncontrolled cough
  • a rash of unknown origin
  • an elevated temperature (100 degrees or higher)
  • an untreated earache
  • vomiting/frequent diarrhea within the last 24 hours
  • itching, reddened, weepy eyes

Please Note: If your child has a contagious bacterial infection such as strep throat, pneumonia, staphylococcus skin infections and/or conjunctivitis, it is highly recommended that he/she stay home from school for 24 to 48 hours after starting antibiotic medication (at least three doses). Information on infectious childhood diseases is available through the National Center For Infectious Diseases at:
Illness Notification:

Please make every effort to contact the school as soon as possible when you have decided to keep your child home from school. When calling to report your child absent, it is very important for the school to know what type of illness your child is experiencing. This information helps the school nurses with monitoring cases of chickenpox, strep throat, pneumonia, fifth's disease, head lice, skin rashes, etc.

William H. Rowe School             207-846-3771
Yarmouth Elementary School     207-846-3391
Harrison Middle School               207-846-2499
Yarmouth High School                207-846-5535