Illness Policy

 

Students who are too ill to participate in normal school activities should be kept at home while they recuperate. They will be more ready to learn when they return, and they will be less likely to infect other students or staff. To make clear this principle, the following rules are given:

A child with a cold or the flu must remain home until the symptoms have subsided.

A child with a fever of 100° or above must remain home until the temperature has been normal for 24 hours.

A child who has vomited two or more times within the last 24 hours, or who cannot tolerate normal food and drink, must remain home until his system has been normal for 24 hours.

A child with diarrhea (3 or more watery stools in 24 hours) must remain home until the diarrhea has stopped for at least 24 hours.

A child with conjunctivitis (pink eye) must remain home until a doctor approves his return to school or the symptoms are no longer present for at least 24 hours.

A child with an upper respiratory infection (symptoms: persistent nasal discharge that is discolored, elevated temperature, productive excessive cough) must remain home until a doctor approves his return to school or the symptoms are no longer present for at least 24 hours.

A child with a known or suspected communicable disease (strep throat, chickenpox, shingles, impetigo, unknown rash, etc.) must remain home until a doctor approves his return to school or the symptoms are no longer present for at least 24 hours.

A child with head lice must have been treated with a medicated shampoo and siblings at school be examined and treated before returning to school.

A teacher may call a parent to come and pick up a child who shows signs of illness, has developed a fever, who has vomited, or who in general appears no longer able to participate in normal school activities.

A child without fever, but with a mild cough, runny nose, and nasal congestion may be at school with the following caveat: A teacher may call a parent to come and pick up a child whose symptoms worsen, impair the child’s ability to participate in normal activities, or impair classroom learning.

If a child needs to take medication while at school, a parent must supply written instructions. The medication must be in a pharmacy labeled container.

 

Parents are to notify teachers if their child is ill and is remaining at home, or if their child has had any of the above conditions in the prior 24 hours. Teachers are to inform parents about assignments that may be completed at home if t