Health Guidelines

In order to provide as healthy a school environment as possible for all students and staff, the following guidelines have been prepared to assist you in decisions relating to your child’s health and school attendance.  If your child is not feeling well and you are uncertain about sending him/her on any given school day, it is best to keep him/her home and observe him/her for further symptoms.  If your child is too ill to attend school in the morning it is recommended that he/she stay home all day.

When you make the decision to keep your child home please notify the school office or school nurse that your child will be absent and the nature of the illness.

  • Fever: A fever of 99.6 or greater (a child must be fever-free without medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school.)
  • Colds: A student needs to remain at home if he/she has an excessive cough, runny nose or is too uncomfortable to function in school.
  • Flu:  (respiratory) Students need to remain home if he/she has a fever, headache, body aches, cough, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
  • Flu: (stomach) Students need to remain home if he/she has a fever nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and or stomach cramping.
  • Diarrhea:  If a student has diarrhea 2 times in a day, he/she needs to remain at home until the diarrhea subsides and no other signs of illness exits.
  • Eye Infections:  Inflammation, redness of the white part of the eye, itching, burning or discharge require assessment by a physician to rule out conjunctivitis (pink eye) or possible eye injury. Please notify the school nurse if a diagnosis of conjunctivitis has been made. Students should be on eye drops 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Fracture/Injuries/Surgeries: Parents need to contact the school nurse when a student has a serious illness or injury.  Please provide written guidelines from your physician as to your child’s level of activity in physical education and recess.
  • Rashes: The student is to remain at home with any undiagnosed skin rash or present a doctors note stating the rash is non-contagious,
  • Strep Throat: Strep throat must be reported to the school.  Students need to be treated with antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school if there is a positive throat culture.
  • Head Lice:  Students need to stay home from school and be treated with shampoo or rinse as recommended by their doctor or pharmacy. Picking out ALL of the Nits is the most effective form of treatment. When you feel you have gotten all the nits and or lice out of your child’s head please contact your school nurse who will consult with you regarding when your child may return to school. Always notify the school if your child has head lice.