When Your Child Must Stay Home: Communicable Diseases

  • The following is a list of common childhood diseases that exclude a student from attending school;

    Fever

                Students are sent home with 100F.  Prior to returning to school, student must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of Tylenol/Advil.

    Vomiting

                Students who vomit in school are sent home.  Students may return to school when symptom free for 24 hours.

    Diarrhea

                Students with diarrhea are sent home.  Students may return to school when they are symptom free for 24 hours.

    Common Cold

                Student are sent home when symptoms are severe (i.e. coughing excessively, tight congestion, etc.) Students may return to school when symptoms are minor.

    Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

                Students are sent home with "pink eye".  Students may return after treatment once eyes are clear (usually after treatment with medicated eye drops)

    Skin infections-Staph, Impetigo, Ringworm, and Scabies

                Students with suspicious skin rashes are sent home for doctor evaluation.  Students may return to school with a doctor's note once evaluated and treated.

    Poison Ivy

                Students with poison ivy are not excluded from school.  If PI covers a large area of body, the nurse will encourage a doctor evaluation/treatment.                           

    Streptococcal Infections (Strep Throat)

                Students who test positive for Strep Throat are sent home.  Students may return to          school after 24 hours of antibiotic treatment and relief of symptoms.

    5th disease

                Students who exhibit a rash indicative of 5th disease are not contagious.  As a precaution, the school nurse will instruct any pregnant staff to consults with their doctor related to possible exposure.

    Pediculosis (Head Lice)

                Students with Head Lice will be sent home.  Students may return to school once the lice has been treated and nits (eggs) are no longer present. Student will be rechecked by the     school nurse prior to being readmitted to school and then again in 2 weeks. The school nurse will inspect the entire classroom for potential infestation.  Emphasis will be placed on confidentiality.  

    Chicken Pox

                Students may return to school when crusts are dry and child is fever free, usually 7-9  days.