Students with vomiting, diarrhea, undiagnosed skin rashes, eye infections, or fever over 100° should not attend school. Students exhibiting these symptoms at school will be sent home.
With vomiting and diarrhea, the school nurse will evaluate any associated circumstances and other symptoms before making an exclusion decision. Children vomit for reasons other than illness, including coughing, stress, exertion, reflux and food intolerance.
Students with vomiting, diarrhea, or fever over 100º should not return to school until the symptoms have resolved without medication for 24 hours.
Students with pink eye may return to school with a doctor’s note when the symptoms subside or when a student shows treatment has begun with appropriate eye drops. Contagious skin rashes should be reported to your school nurse and a note will be required by your child’s physician to return to school.
Per ISDH and TCHD-Doctor’s notes for students sent home from school for suspected COVID symptoms should state that the student has been evaluated and cleared to return for a non-COVID related illness.
- Examples of what the note might say: “Student may return to school on [date], and his/her illness was not related to COVID-19,” or, “Student’s illness was not COVID-related, the student has an alternate diagnosis and may return to school on [date].”
- This is not a HIPAA violation.
- The provider’s contact information also must be included.
- The provider should note any additional criteria to return to school.
Please remember with all of these exclusion criteria that our job is to facilitate students remaining in school. Our goal is to have the child miss as little class time as possible.