Sickness and Acute Illness Guidelines

  • School nurses monitor for symptoms of communicable or infectious health conditions.  When symptoms exist, your child may not attend school.  If symptoms occur in school, you will be contacted and you must pick your child up from school.  If your child is diagnosed with an infectious illness or has symptoms of an infectious condition at home, you must keep your child home from school. 

    * The following guidelines must be adhered to:

    • Persistent Fever :  Oral temperature of 100.5 degrees or higher cannot attend school until fever free twenty-four (24) hours without fever-reducing medication. 
    • Vomiting :  Cannot attend school if the following exist:
      • One (1) episode of vomiting and the presence of another symptom ( fever, diarrhea, etc.) or
      • Two (2) or more episodes of vomiting within a twenty-four (24) hour period, even if no other symptoms exist.
    • Diarrhea :  Cannot attend school if the following exist:
      • One (1) episode of diarrhea and the presence of another symptom (dehydration, fever, etc.) or
      • Three (3) or more episodes of diarrhea in a twenty-four (24) hour period, even if no other symptoms exist.
    • "Pink Eye" : Should remain home for twenty-four (24) hours after the first dose of medication is given.
    • Chicken Pox : Cannot attend school until all blisters have formed scabs.
    • Strep Throat : Cannot attend school until twenty-four (24) hours after first dose of medication is given and fever free.
    • "Flu" : Cannot attend school until twenty-four (24) hours fever free without medication given.  You should inform the school nurse if your student is diagnosed with the flu.Flu: A Guide for Parents
    • Impetigo : Cannot attend school until twenty-four (24) hours after prescribed medical treatment.
    • Ringworm : Your child must not attend school until treatment has been started.
    • MRSA "Staph Infection" : Cannot not attend school until prescribed medical treatment is started, fever is absent, and the area is covered with no drainage seeping through bandage. 

    * You must submit proof of treatment or a statement of clearance from the health department or medical provider if proof is requested by the school nurse.