Pink eye. Usually after 24 hours after antibiotic drops have been administered.
No more drainage. The safest way to avoid infecting others with pink eye (conjunctivitis), is to wait until the drainage stops before sending your child back to school, since pink eye is usually caused by a virus. If the drainage is caused by a bacteria, then it is no longer contagious after 24 hours of antibiotic eye drops.
Once healed. Pink eye is caused by the common cold virus, and is one of the most contagious diseases on the planet. And like a cold, the patient remains contagious until all symptoms are gone. The rule of thumb is that as long as the eye looks or feels bad, stay out of school. This can take up to two weeks. Also, since pink eye is a virus, there is currently no effective treatment other than patience. Read more...