The following are guidelines to assist parents in making decisions regarding illness and when to keep students home, or when they should return to school. Any questions remaining unanswered may be directed to the school nurse’s voicemail by calling 419-661-6647.
1. Fevers- Definition- Oral temperature of 100 degrees fahrenheit or higher.
-any student who is sent home with a fever, or was absent with a fever, should be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.
2. Infections of the Throat- Students will be sent home for sore throats that appear bright red, have white patches, and/or are accompanied by a fever.
-if a student is sent home for an apparent infection of the throat, the student will not be permitted to return to school unless the physician provides written verification that the infection is viral in nature, or that the student has been placed on antibiotics.
-Students who are placed on antibiotics for infections of the throat should not return to school until they have been on the medication for 24 hours.
3. Vomiting- Definition- Ejection of gastric contents through the mouth (typically undigested food)
-any student who is at home, or is sent home, for vomiting should not return to school for 24 hours from the last time he/ she vomited.
4.Rashes- Definition- Abnormal eruptions of the skin associated with communicable diseases. General appearance is varying shades of red. Rash may be raised or flat, patchy, pimple-like, or lacy. It may be closed or open and draining. It may or may not itch.
Students who present with rashes that are not easily recognizable or manageable will be sent home from
Students will not be permitted to return to school unless the doctor provides written verification that the
student is not contagious, or that treatment has been prescribed.
5. Conjunctivitis (Pink eye)- Definition- Inflammation of the conjunctivitis (tissue on the inside of the eyelids). Symptoms may include pink/ red white of eye(s), itching, watery, (viral), or yellowish-green (bacterial) discharge from the eye, and the eye(s) may be matted shut following sleep. This infection is contagious whether in the viral or bacterial state.
Students who present with symptoms of Viral conjunctivitis cannot be treated and therefore will not be
excluded from school. Symptoms include possible itching, burning, swelling redness, and watery
discharge from the eye.
Students who present with symptoms of bacterial conjunctivitis require antibiotic therapy and therefore
must be seen by a physician for accurate diagnosis and treatment.
Any student who is sent home for the probability of bacterial conjunctivitis, will not be permitted to
return to school unless the doctor provides written verification that the student is not contagious, or that
treatment has been prescribed. A student should be on antibiotics for at least 24 hours before returning to
6. Head LIce- definition- tiny wingless insects found on the scalp, which lay nits (eggs) and cause itching of the head.
students will be sent home for the detection of of head lice and/or nits (eggs).
Students will not be permitted to return to school until the head had been treated with a lice-killing
solution, and dead lice and the nits have been removed.
Students shall report to the school office, before going to class, upon return from a bout with head lice to
be evaluated by the school nurse/delegate. Students will be permitted to return to class only after the
school nurse or delegate has cleared them.
Parents will be given instructional materials regarding the eradication of head lice for the child and from