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Illness Information and Return to School Policy

We are in the midst of the cold and flu season, so we would once again like to remind parents that there is always a high risk of contagion at school this time of year. The community has seen an increase in several different illnesses, including flu A, which is on the rise. If you are concerned that your child may have any of these illnesses, please contact your health care provider. To keep the seasonal risk to students and staff to a minimum, please review the following guidelines and please KEEP SICK KIDS HOME!

Parents should remind students to:

  • Wash hands frequently, especially after using the restroom and before eating
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow NOT hands

Parents should be aware of the early signs and symptoms of illness such as:

  • Decreased activity – droopy, tired appearance
  • Irritable behavior – sleepy
  • Sore throat/swollen glands
  • Runny nose/cough
  • Skin eruptions/rashes (students with undiagnosed rashes are not allowed to be in school)
  • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever (100ºF or higher is considered a fever in Douglas County Schools and student is not allowed to be at school)

Parents can help by:

  • Checking students health before they leave home
  • Keeping students home when they have signs/symptoms of illness
  • Making arrangements with relatives/friends to take care of sick children if unable to do so yourself
  • Please make sure your student is eating breakfast prior to coming to school
  • Please send your student with a water bottle daily
  • Please make sure your students have appropriate outer wear for changing weather

Returning to school after an illness:

  • Student must be fever-free for 24 hours WITHOUT medication
  • Student must stay at home for 48 hours after LAST episode of vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • For conditions requiring antibiotics, students much complete the first 24 hours of medication before returning to school