• Children spread germs very quickly and easily without knowing it, even though they are reminded to wash their hands and cover their coughs and sneezes.  In an effort to safeguard the health of both the students and the staff, here are some guidelines that should help you to make an informed decision about whether or not to send your child to school.  Staying home is the most effective way to prevent spreading the flu virus or other illnesses, such as COVID,  to others.

    It is especially important that parents keep children at home when they are sick.

    • Influenza – Students may return to school if they are fever-free for at least 24 hours (without having taken temperature-lowering medication (Tylenol / Advil) and are without respiratory symptoms (cough, runny nose, or sore throat).

    • Strep Throat—Students may return to school 24-48 hours after the first dose of antibiotic therapy has been started, in accordance with your doctor’s orders.  The student must feel well enough to attend, and must not present with any other signs or symptoms, such as an elevated temperature.

    • Fever—Students may return to school when their temperature has been normal for at least 24 hours, without having taken temperature-lowering medication.

    • Cold—Students should stay home if they are too uncomfortable to complete work.  Students should also stay home if they have a persistent or severe cough. Students may return to school when their activity level has returned to normal.

    • Vomiting/DiarrheaStudents should be symptom-free for 24 hours and be able to hold down food and fluids before returning to school.

    • Skin Rashes—If the student exhibits a skin rash of undetermined origin, please consult your physician before sending the student to school.  A doctor’s note stating the condition is not contagious is necessary for the student to return to school.

    • Conjunctivitis—If a student has been diagnosed as having conjunctivitis (pink eye), they may return to school with a doctor’s note stating they are being treated for 24 hours for the condition, and they are no longer contagious.  The student should have no evidence of a discharge from the eyes.

    • COVID - If a student tests positive for COVID-19, please notify the school immediately.  The student will be required to stay home for 5 days from the onset of symptoms and/or positive test.  He/She may return on Day 6 if they are symptom-free (i.e. no fever or respiratory symptoms).  On Days 6-10 students will be required to wear a mask during school hours.