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Illness and Attendance

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 Communicable Disease Guidelines for School 

Note:  Students are expected to participate in all activities, including outdoor recess and physical education, unless a physician's order is received.  The order must include the reason for the restriction, length of restriction, and a physician's signature.

Children should be kept home when they have:  

  • Fever 100° or higher
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Extreme congestion or nasal drainage
  • Persistent cough
  • Student is not feeling healthy enough to perform routine activities in the classroom.

Reason’s student may be sent home from school

  • Fever of 100° or higher
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Persistent cough that is interfering with normal daily activities
  • Student is displaying symptoms of a potentially contagious disease (ex:  rashes, sore throat, pinkeye, etc.).
  • Live lice found in student’s hair.
  • Student is not feeling healthy enough to perform routine activities in the classroom.

To ensure a healthy environment we will dismiss ill students to parents/guardians – contact information is important.  If we are unable to reach the parent/guardian we will contact the designated emergency contact.  Please make sure that you provide contact numbers that allow the school to reach you or the emergency contact at all times.

Children can return to school when:

  • They are fever free for 24 hours without use of fever reducing medication.
  • They have been on an antibiotic 24 hours for treatment of a bacterial infection.
  • 24 hours after vomiting/diarrhea has subsided and fluids have been replenished.
  • Head lice:  Readmitted after hair has been treated and clothing has been laundered.  The nurse will check student’s hair before readmission to school.
  • Student is feeling health enough to perform routine activities in the classroom.

*Communicable illnesses should be reported to the school office or to the nurse as soon as possible.  The school reserves the right to request a doctor’s note to clear any student for return to school if there is concern of the student being contagious.


 To keep children healthy these simple things can be done daily: 

Drink Enough Water/Fluids - Headaches can be caused by not enough fluid intake, especially if children are active in sports.

Well Rested – To function at their best, children ages 3-5 need about 12 hours of sleep while at least 10 hrs in recommended for children ages 6-13.       

Morning Meal – Often the health office has early morning visitors who haven’t eaten breakfast. 

Hand Washing – This is the simplest, most effective way to protect your child’s health.  Make sure to teach them about how important it is to wash their hands with soap after going to the bathroom, playing outside, and before eating.