Parents may be required to provide a physician’s note before a child returns to school if absences exceed three (3) consecutive days due to illness.
The Department of Public Health states that children who have the following illnesses must remain at home for a required time period:
- Vomiting and Temp 100 degrees and above - Students are required to stay at home for 24 hours after the onset of symptoms and must be symptom free (without fever reducing medicine) for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Continuous Excessive cough - Students are required to stay at home for 24 hours after the onset of symptoms.
- Pink Eye - Students are required to stay at home for 24 hours after the onset of symptoms related to an eye(s) that is draining, itching, and/or appears pink, red or swollen. The student must be on an antibiotic eye drop for 24 hours before returning to school. A doctor's note is required for student's return to school. The doctor's note must be delivered to the school nurse prior to the student resuming attendance.
- Chicken Pox - Isolation is required for at least five (5) days after the eruption of the last vesicles or until the vesicle became dry.Measles bullet- Isolation and exclusion from school for at least 4 days after the appearance of the rash. Student cases where there is a choice not to get the vaccine or are unable to be vaccinated due to medical reasons, should be excluded from school until 21 days rash onset in the last case of the measles in the school.
- Measles- Isolation is required and exclusion for nine (9) days following the swelling of the glands. Susceptible close contacts should be excluded from school from 12-25 days after exposure.
- Mumps - Isolation is required for nine (9) days following the swelling of the glands.
- Lice- Any student having head lice will be sent home for treatment. The Nurse will examine the child's hair before allowed to return to class. Students will not be allowed to resume bus transportation until cleared by the Nurse.
- Rash, Ringworm, Skin Conditions, Wounds - Students will not be allowed to attend school with any noticeable rash or skin condition unless a physician's note is on file stating the student's condition is NOT contagious. Any lesion or wound that shows signs of drainage must be covered.
- Scarlet Fever, Impetigo or Fifth's Disease - Isolation is required. Student's are excluded from school until seen by a doctor and will not be allowed to return to school until a note is received from a doctor stating the student is NOT contagious.
Homebound & Hospital Illnesses
A student who is absent from school, or whose physician, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse anticipates his or her absence from school, because of a medical condition may be eligible for instruction in the student’s home or hospital.A student who is unable to attend school because of pregnancy will be provided home instruction, correspondence courses, or other courses of instruction before (1) the birth of the child when the student’s physician indicates, in writing, that she is medically unable to attend regular classroom instruction, and (2) for up to 3 months after the child’s birth or a miscarriage.For information on home or hospital instruction, contact your child’s school.
Student Blood Contact Incidents
The Illinois Department of Labor adopted the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) regulations on bloodborne pathogens. Students who are involved in a blood incident (exposure of a student's blood to any school district employee in any manner in which a student's blood could have penetrated non-intact skin, eyes, mouth or other mucous membranes) may be requested to have their blood tested for bloodborne pathogens at the expense of the school district. Parents or guardians will be asked to allow their child to be tested. All laws pertaining to confidentiality will be followed. The OHSA regulations apply only to students who have blood incidents with school district employees. The OHSA regulations do not apply to students who are exposed to other students’ blood. All questions pertaining to this policy should be directed to the Superintendent.