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Illness

 
"When to Keep Your Kids Home"
 
Ever wonder when you should keep your student home? See the visual chart below.
 
Per district policy, students must stay home until they have been symptom-free of certain illnesses for a minimum of 24-hours (or COVID illness for at least 48-hours). That means, without treatment on board (such as Tylenol for a fever), your student has been without symptoms for at least 24-hours.
 
The 24-hour symptom-free policy pertains to the following illnesses:
Fever of 100.0oF or higher
Diarrhea (not caused by antibiotics or diet), and
Vomiting (not related to textures or a hyper-sensitive gag reflex).
 
For communicable diseases such as Strep Throat, Impetigo, and Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis), your student must be taking a prescribed antibiotic for at least 24-hours (beginning from the time the first dose was swallowed or applied). 
 
Some diseases, such as COVID-19 (2019-nCoV), Chickenpox (Varicella) and Whooping Cough (Pertussis), require a longer duration of absence from school or antibiotic treatment before your student can return to school. Carefully follow the doctor's directions for treatment and keep in touch with the school nurse as needed. 
 
Parents/Guardians still need to notify the school that a student is being kept home and why. Absences are not excused unless there is close communication between the parent/guardian, the school nurse or school secretary, and/or the physician providing care.
 
If your student is absent for more than three (3) consecutive school days due to illness, a physician's note releasing your student to return to school is advised.
 
For further questions, contact the school nurse at 563-5269 Ext. 1509.
 
See Reference Policies:
3417 - Communicable Diseases
3431 - Emergency Treatment