When Should Your Child Stay Home
KEEP YOUR STUDENT HOME IF:
- A skin rash from an unidentified cause that has not been evaluated by a physician. Please note that open sores should be covered until healed or evaluated by a physician.
- The oral temperature is 100° F or greater. A student with such a fever should remain home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal without the aid of fever-reducing medication.
- If experiencing nausea, diarrhea and/or vomiting. Students should remain home until symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.
- If complains of severe, persistent pain.
- If showing signs of an upper respiratory infection (cold symptoms) or any other illness serious enough to interfere with the student’s ability to learn.
- There are signs of conjunctivitis (“pink eye”) with symptoms such as secretions from one or both eyes, itching, and crusts on eyelids.
You must notify your student's school if your child is home sick and report any diagnosed communicable diseases. When reporting an absence please indicate the reason for the absence and if it is due to illness, please report symptoms including if your child has a fever, cough or sore throat.
If you are not sure whether to send your child to school, you may call the school nurse for consultation. If you're still in doubt, call or visit your physician.
Re-Admission After Contagious Illness
Re-admission following illness from contagious diseases may require a back-to-school permit signed by a physician. Guidelines established by the Illinois Department of Public Health are used to manage communicable diseases in school. Please have medical documentation of any school accommodations that are requested.
Parents are encouraged to check their child regularly for head lice. If a case is discovered, it should be reported to the school nurse, who will advise parents of the most appropriate treatments. Arrangements will be made to check siblings and close contacts for lice infestation.
Student Accidents and Illness
In case of an accident or illness of a student at school this procedure will be followed:
- First aid is administered
- If serious, parents are contacted. Please note that a school nurse may not be present to make an assessment. Therefore, the school office staff will exercise its best judgment in determining when to contact parents.
- If the parents cannot be reached, the emergency contact provided by the parents will be called. Please be certain that we have at least two emergency numbers to call in case we cannot reach you. Please keep these number up to date. Persons listed on the emergency list will be considered to have your approval for temporary care. Students leaving school during the day for health reasons or other reasons must have a parent or authorized guardian sign them out through the school health office.
- If the parents or emergency contacts cannot be reached, the nearest hospital, paramedics, or local health care provider may be contacted.
A student may be excused from Physical Education for up to three (3) days if the request is made in writing by a parent. If the student must be excused for more than three (3) days, a note must come from the doctor stating the diagnosis, duration, and extent of the physical limitation. The excuse should be directed to the school nurse who will distribute it to appropriate teachers. Students missing Physical Education due to illness/injury may be required to stay in from recess/extra-curricular activities to maintain safety.
Please help us control the spread of illness by reminding your child to use tissues as needed and to wash their hands frequently. Thank you for your help in this matter.
Please call the school nurse if your child has or is being treated for a childhood or communicable disease such as: strep throat; chicken pox; impetigo; rotavirus; MRSA; hand, foot and mouth disease; fifth’s disease; mono or shingles.