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Fever - The best way to check for fever is with a thermometer. No child with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher should be sent to school. Your child should be fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medication) before returning to school
Mild Cough/Runny Nose - If no fever is present, even though your child may have a runny nose and cough, we recommend he/she attend school.
Bad Cough/Cold Symptoms - Children with severe and/or persistent coughs need to stay home since that could be symptomatic of bronchitis, flu, or pneumonia. However, once the cough improves, and the child is feeling better, please send them back to school. Do not wait for the cough to disappear entirely – that could take a week or longer!
Sore throat - If your child complains of a slight sore throat and has no other symptoms, he/she may go to school. If white spots can be seen in the back of the throat or if a fever is present, keep him/her home and contact your doctor.
Rash - Rash may be one of the first signs of one of many childhood illnesses, such as chicken pox or measles. A rash or “spots” may cover the entire body or may appear in only one area. Please do not send a child to school with a rash or skin eruption until your doctor has said that it is safe to do so.
Stomachache, vomiting, diarrhea - Consult your doctor if your child has a stomachache that is persistent or severe enough to limit his/her activity. If vomiting occurs, keep your child home until he/she can keep food down. A child with diarrhea should be kept home. Call your doctor if prompt improvement does not occur.
Tooth pain - Consult your dentist.
Ear pain - Consult your doctor.
Headache - A child whose only complaint is a headache need not stay home. With proper over the counter medications, headaches can be managed and the pain can be alleviated so they can attend school.
Keeping children home from school for reasons other than illness may have a bad effect on their attitude, work habits and progress. Please bear in mind that much of what is missed in the classroom cannot be learned through written assignments. Use your own good common sense and remember sick children belong at home and well children belong in school.
- Readmission to School Following an Illness: A student who has been absent from school for five (5) or more consecutive days, due to illness, should present a physician’s release before being readmitted to school. Failure to provide a physician’s note following 5 consecutive days of absence may result in the days being documented as unexcused or truant.
- Readmission after Emergency or Urgent Care Treatment, Surgery or Hospitalization: A student who is treated in an emergency room or convenient care clinic must present a physician’s release to the nurse’s office upon return to school. A student who has been hospitalized for any length of time or had surgery must present a physician’s release to the nurse’s office upon return to school.
- Readmission after homebound related to illness or surgery: The district may request updated medical orders for students who return to school following homebound related to illness or surgery. These orders may include, but are not limited to feeding and medication orders.
- Students recovering from a communicable disease shall be readmitted to school according to the isolation/exclusion requirements in Rules and Regulations for the Control of Communicable Diseases, published by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
- Send a physician’ note when:
- The child returns to school with a cast, crutches or stitches
- The child must have a restricted gym program for more than three consecutive days. A parent note is needed for every gym excuse up to three days.
Contact the school nurse for information regarding the taking of medications at school. You and the physician prescribing the medication must complete the required Medication Authorization form.
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