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When your Child is Ill

Parents/legal guardians will be asked to pick up a student who becomes ill during school hours or who has an illness or injury that, in the professional judgment of the school nurse, needs to be observed at home or assessed by a medical doctor.

Examples may include, but are not limited to:

  • Elevated temperature of 100 degrees F. and above
  • Seizure, head injury, severe headache, blurred vision or dizziness
  • Severe asthmatic episode or respiratory difficulty
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Generalized allergic reaction
  • Weeping or unusual rash
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Communicable illness
  • Injury requiring sutures
  • Fracture
  • Soft tissue injury
  • Dental injury

9-1-1 will be called in an emergency for immediate transportation to the hospital.

Staying Home From School

To safeguard the health of all students, we ask parents/legal guardians to monitor their children for possible communicable diseases.

Students should stay home from school if they:

  • Have an elevated temperature of 100 degrees F. and above
  • Have an undiagnosed rash
  • Have recurrent vomiting in the past 24 hours
  • Have more than one episode of diarrhea
  • Have large amounts of yellow/green mucus discharge from nose
  • Have a severe sore throat (possible strep throat)
  • Have conjunctivitis (pink eye) with discharge
  • Have an active infestation of head lice
  • Have a communicable illness

Students should remain home:

  • For at least 24 hours after an elevated temperature returns to normal without anti-inflammatory medication
  • For at least 24 hours after their first dose of antibiotic medication
  • For severe earache, with or without fever
  • For at least 24 hours after recurrent vomiting/diarrhea has ended
  • Until treatment for conjunctivitis is initiated
  • Until they are adequately treated for head lice, scabies, or other infestation/communicable disease, and assessed by the school nurse
  • Until chickenpox/shingles vesicles or any rash with drainage has dried and completely scabbed over


CDC: Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs

Unlike the common cold, it is possible to vaccinate against the flu virus. Discuss the flu vaccine with your healthcare provider.

The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent the flu.

1. Avoid close contact. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

2. Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

3. Cover your mouth and nose. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

4. Clean your hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

6. Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

From The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013