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Illness Guidelines

Managing Illness at School

Please follow the school guidelines for keeping sick kids home! In a school setting, there is naturally a higher risk of contagion when illness is going around. To keep that risk to students and staff to a minimum, please keep your sick students home and print out these guidelines in case you do have a sick student.
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
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 (100º 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.
  • Making sure your student is eating breakfast prior to coming to school.
  • Sending your student with a water bottle daily.
  • Making sure your students have appropriate outerwear for changing weather.