Attendance Guidelines for Illness
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There may be mornings when it is difficult to tell whether or not your child is too ill to go to school.  If your student has any of the symptoms below, please keep him or her home for a full 24 hours (or as noted below).   While they may not indicate COVID, these symptoms may indicate another infectious or contagious condition:

  • Temp of 100 or greater; please measure temperature BEFORE giving Tylenol or other fever-reducing medicine; must be fever-free for 24 hours WITHOUT taking medication in order to return to school
  • Red or pink eyes WITH matting, crusting or drainage 
  • Chicken Pox – until cleared by doctor and all blisters are crusted and healing
  • Diarrhea (2 or more loose stools in 24 hour period or ONE loose stool this morning)
  • Impetigo – amber crusted lesions--until cleared by doctor and lesions can be covered with a bandage
  • Influenza (Flu) or Flu-like symptoms (multiple symptoms including body ache, fatigue, redness around eyes, nose, chills, malaise)
  • Ringworm of scalp or multiple lesions or single lesion that cannot be covered UNTIL antifungal cream has been started and lesion can be covered
  • Any rash that resembles Viral Rash, Pox or other unidentified rash– if in doubt, RN will refer to MD or parent must keep home until clear
  • Vomiting (2 or more times in the past 12 hours or ONE time this morning)
  • Lethargic or unusually irritable behavior
  • Cough, sneezing or runny nose that interferes with your student's ability to read, write or follow instruction 

(This is not an all-inclusive list – Check with your school nurse for additional information)

Remember, these are the minimum requirements for exclusion from in-person learning.   Parents must carefully consider when to bring a student back to class.   Please consult with your campus nurse if you have any questions.   Your campus nurse maintains the right to exclude students based on current COVID protocol and published Attendance Guidelines until/unless cleared by a doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant by written order dated for each specific incidence.   Please also remember, if your child has been sick, the recuperation period not only helps prevent the spread of illnesses, but gives your child's immune system time to recover.   

Frequent, vague complaints of not feeling well are common when children are anxious or stressed or even when they realize staying at home brings a little extra attention. It is wise to discuss this with your doctor and your child’s teacher. 

If your student has test-confirmed COVID-19, please follow the advice of your physician or the CDC (found here).  For symptoms that could be COVID, please consider having your student tested.  Additional information can be found at the link here.   

Please note, we are fortunate to have low community transmission of COVID at this time.   These guidelines are subject to change based on advice from CDC, TEA, and our local health departments.
Updated June, 2021