Dear Parents and Guardians,
Below is the district policy on exclusion from school due to illness. This posting may be found under 'Health Services' on the District website, and it is re-posted here as a courtesy to parents, and for quick reference. In particular, kindly note the section at the end titled 'Other reasons for exclusion' from school'? This will be of assistance to you, when judging if your child is ready to return to school, by the district guidlines. As always, if you have any questions, please feel welcome to call the Health Office.
*Cold and flu season is here, and we are beginning to experience the usual 'January increase' in illness in our general community, as well as in our schools. Your assistance in keeping ill children at home for adequate recovery, and also your assistance in reminding children of good hygiene habits, is much appreciated. It is not too late to consider a flu shot for youselves and your families, under advise of your own physician. If you have any questions, he or she is in the best position to offer medical advise for your family.
Communicable Diseases Requiring Exclusion
It is important that the health office be notified if your child contracts a communicable disease. If a communicable disease is suspected in school, the parent will be notified and the child will be excluded from school. The student will not be readmitted before the minimum number of days designated by the State and Local Departments of Health which are:
- Diphtheria – 2 weeks from the onset or until appropriate negative culture tests.
- Chicken Pox** – 5 days from onset of the last crop of vesicles (blisters). All vesicles must be dried and crusted before returning to school. .
- Rubella (German Measles) – 4 days from onset of rash.
- Rubeola (Regular Measles) – 4 days from onset of rash.
- Mumps – 9 days from onset or until subsidence of swelling.
- Pertussis (whopping cough) – 3 weeks from the onset or five days from institution of appropriate therapy.
- Respiratory streptococcal infections (including Scarlet Fever) – Not less than 10 days from the onset if no medication is prescribed or 24 hours from the institution of appropriate therapy.
- Acute Contagious Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) – Until judges non-infective; that is, without a discharge (usually after 24 hours after institution of appropriate therapy).
- Ringworm – Immediately after therapy is instituted, if body lesions are covered. Neither scalp nor body lesions that are dried need to be covered.
- Impetigo Contagiosa – 24 hours from institution of appropriate therapy.
- Pediculosis Capitis (Head Lice) – After the first treatment and until judged non-infective by the school nurse or child’s physician. .
- Pediculosis Corpora (Body Lice) – After completion of appropriate treatment and judged non-infective by the school nurse or child’s physician.
- Scabies – After completion of appropriate therapy and until judged non-infective by the school nurse or child’s physician.
- Trachoma – 24 hours from institution of appropriate therapy.
- Tuberculosis– Following a minimum of 2 weeks of adequate chemotherapy and 3 consecutive sputum smears. In addition, a note from the physician that the child is non-communicable shall be submitted prior to readmission.
- Neisseria menigitidis – Until judged non-infective after a course of rifampin or other drug which is effective against this disease, or otherwise shown to non-infectious.
In addition, Council Rock School District reserves the right to exclude children from school with the following conditions:
- Fever of 100 F or higher. Students should return when free of fever for 24 hours, WITHOUT fever medication; no Tylenol or Motrin, for 24 hours.
Diarrhea or vomiting during the previous 24 hours. Students should return when appetite and energy have returned to normal.
Rash with a fever.
Illness that prevents a child from participating in activities.
Other conditions identified through assessment by the certified and/or staff nurse.
Certified School Nurse, SFE