ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS
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). Symptoms below may indicate an infectious or contagious condition:
- Temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater; please measure temperature BEFORE giving Tylenol, Ibuprofen or any fever-reducing medicine; MUST be fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine in order to return to school
- Red or pink eyes WITH matting, crusting, or drainage
- Chicken Pox – until cleared by doctor, fever-free, and all blisters are crusted and healing
- Diarrhea (3 or more loose stools in the past 24 hours or 2 loose stools this morning)
- Impetigo – Blisters and drainage must be improving and covered completely with a clean dry bandage
- COVID/FLU symptoms (fever and/or a combination of these symptoms: chills; frequent cough; shortness or breath or difficulty breathing; sudden fatigue; muscle or body aches; new loss of taste and/or smell; sore throat; congestion or nasal drainage; nausea or vomiting; diarrhea). For a student who tests POSITIVE for COVID or FLU, please notify your attendance clerk. If positive for COVID, the student will need to isolate for five days from the date symptoms started or, if no symptoms, five days following a positive test. If positive for FLU, the student should follow the instructions of the medical provider who diagnosed FLU. To return, the student must be fever-free for 24 hours without medication.
- Ringworm in one or multiple areas, making it difficult to keep covered OR student is unable to refrain from scratching area; must keep home until treated with antifungal medication and lesion(s) 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 rash clears
- Vomiting (3 or more times in past 24 hours or 2 times 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 or that is disruptive to classmates due to frequency
Please note, these are the minimum requirements for exclusion from in-person learning. Parents must carefully consider when to bring students back to class. Please consult with your campus nurse if you have questions. Please also remember that if your student has been sick, the recuperation period not only helps prevent the spread of illness, 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. Good attendance is important for student success! If you decide to send your child to school when they are on the “borderline” of being sick, it is a good idea to notify the school nurse and/or teacher. Be sure to update your contact information with phone numbers so that you may be reached during the day if your child’s condition worsens.
Revised 08/16/2022 rb