10 Reasons to Stay Home from School

When should you keep your child at home, and when should you insist that they go to school?
By Tamlyn Vincent

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There are often very good reasons to keep your child home from school. A bit of dandruff is not a legitimate reason (there are shampoos that should fix the problem). But if the reason for her violently itchy scalp is a colony of lice, the verdict is unanimous – keep her home until the little critters have been eradicated.
We’ve come up with a list of very good reasons to keep your child at home and a few reasons to ensure they don’t miss school…
10 reasons to keep your child at home
1.       Your child has a fever or a high temperature.
2.       If she is vomiting or has diarrhoea, keep her at home.
3.       She should not be at school if she has signs of a strep throat, which is contagious, or is suffering from bad earache
4.       Moms and teachers mostly agree that children who are visibly infected with a cold or flu, or who have a bad cough, should stay in bed.
5.       Lice or nits “play hopscotch”, so infected children should stay at home. And make sure you get all the eggs and nits out before sending them back to school.
6.       If your child has pink eye, keep her at home as she is highly contagious.
7.       Any signs of an infectious illness or rash, such as chickenpox, slapped cheek, measles, mumps and hepatitis A, would be a good reason to keep your child home.
8.       You can keep your child home if there has been a death in the family, or of someone close to your child.
9.       If your child is being bullied, you may want to keep her home for a day until you can resolve the issue at school.
10.   There may be extreme circumstances, such as violent strike action or a natural disaster, that force you to keep your child at home.
5 reasons not to miss school
1.       Don’t keep your child home if she hasn’t prepared for an exam or project.
2.       If your child says she is sick, but has no visible symptoms and you suspect she may be trying to get an off day, send her to school. Teachers agree that children can manipulate their parents to stay at home.
3.       There is no reason for your child to stay home for a “rest day” during the school week. Teach her how to manage her time and prepare ahead of time for exams and projects.
4.       Many children see break-up day as a waste, and ask to stay at home to start their holidays earlier. Some teachers encourage attendance by holding back reports until the last day.
5.       It is also not advisable to take your child out of school for long periods of time to go on family holidays or trips overseas. 


Mentally Ill wrote 2 years 40 weeks ago

Hey, I'm a child. If your child tells you they're being overworked or wants to stay home, you as a parent should let them. They don't need any physical signs of sickness. I, as an autistic child with ADHD, depression, and general anxiety, sometimes need a day off. And guess what? I can't have it, because adults all seem to think you need to be sick to not go to school. Trust your child and let them stay, even if it is just for a day.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 48 weeks ago

As a student I find my education a crucial part of my life and a step towards a successful family and career, though I do believe that students are getting pushed harder than they've ever been before. I'm not saying avoiding school is right, but maybe some students just need a resting day, to gather themselves.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 50 weeks ago

I think children need an off day. They go to school for seven hours. They wake up at 6am, they come home and they have to do more work. I give my children five off days a year.

admin wrote 7 years 27 weeks ago

Hi there. The Department of Basic Education has issued policy on learner attendance. You will find the document here:

Anonymous wrote 7 years 27 weeks ago

My ex-wife decided to keep our 8 year old and 10 year old home from school for no reason. Is this ok by law?

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