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Absence from School for Health Reasons

In the school environment, students have increased physical contact with each other. Germs can spread rapidly under these conditions. These guidelines are offered in order to protect all students and to prevent the spread of illness.  

Keep students home for:

ANY COVID symptom which are listed as:

  • Fever (over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Cough
  • Loss of sense of taste or smell
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Diarrhea (defined as two or more loose stools in 24 hours)
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomitting
Other health situations to keep your student home for:
  • White or yellow drainage from the eye, crusty eyes and/or redness of the eyelid or skin surrounding the eyes.
  • An unidentified rash whether or not it is associated with a fever/itching. A spreading rash.
  • Your child will need to remain home for at least 24 hours after starting antibiotics. Your healthcare provider may require more time.
  • A child with chicken pox may return to school after all the sores have crusted over and there are no new eruptions or sores. (usually a minimum of 5 days)
  • Live lice

The above conditions are symptoms of contagious diseases. Students will not be sent home on the bus with any of the above conditions.


Other guidelines to remember

*Open sores or injuries should be covered to prevent secondary infection during the school day.

*When in doubt, contact the building Nurse or Principal for guidance. Remember to put student comfort and safety first. Working together, we can keep students and staff safe and healthy.