Illness & Absentee Policy

Students are expected to remain at home when they exhibit the following conditions:

  • Too ill to comfortably participate in activities
  • Fever greater than 100.0. The temperature should be normal for 24 hours before the student returns to school
  • Lethargy beyond expected tiredness
  • Uncontrolled coughing
  • Difficulty breathing including requiring breathing treatments every 2 hours or more frequently
  • Diarrhea
  • Blood in stools
  • Vomiting (2 or more episodes in the previous 24 hours)
  • Persistent abdominal pain that continues for more than 2 hours
  • Rash with fever or behavior change
  • Undiagnosed rash
  • Purulent conjunctivitis ("pink eye" with thick discharge from the eye)
  • Head lice, until after the first treatment
  • Impetigo, (a bacterial skin infection) until 24 hours after treatment starts
  • Strep throat or other streptococcal infection, until 24 hours after starting antibiotics and fever has ended
  • Chicken pox, until all sores have dried and crusted (usually 6 days)
  • Unspecified respiratory tract illness
  • Morning blood sugar greater than 400

This list is not exhaustive, but these are the more common diseases that require medical treatment and absence from school.

If You are Sick with the Flu:
If you are sick with the flu, below are some tips on how to take care of yourself and to keep others healthy.

  • Know the signs and symptoms of flu. Symptoms of flu include fever or chills and cough or sore throat. In addition, symptoms of flu can include runny nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, diarrhea, or vomiting.
  • Stay home if you are sick for at least 24 hours after there is no longer a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). Staying away from others while sick can prevent others from getting sick too.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Sick people should stay at home, except to go to the health care provider’s office.
  • Stay in a separate room and avoid contact with others. If someone is caring for you, wear a mask, if available and tolerable, when they are in the room.
  • Drink plenty of clear fluids (such as water, broth, sports drinks, and electrolyte beverages for infants) to keep from becoming dehydrated.
  • Contact your health care provider or institution’s health services if you are at higher risk for complications from flu for treatment. People at higher risk for flu complications include children under the age of 5 years, pregnant women, people of any age who have chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), and people age 65 years and older.
  • Contact a healthcare provider [or go to the health services clinic] right away if you are having difficulty breathing or are getting worse.