When your child is ill, please contact the school to let us know he or she will not be attending that day and why. It is important to remember that schools are required to exclude students with certain illnesses from school for periods of time as identified in state rules.
A full list of conditions for which the school must exclude children can be obtained from the school nurse.
If a student becomes ill during the school day, he or she must receive permission from the teacher before reporting to the school nurse. If the nurse determines that the child should go home, the nurse will contact the parent.
The district is also required to report certain contagious (communicable) diseases or illnesses to the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) or our local/regional health authority. The school nurse can provide information from TDSHS on these notifiable conditions.
According to TEA Administrative Code (Rule 97.7), students MUST be kept home if they have...
- Fever at or above 100°F in the past 24 hours (without use of fever-reducing medication)
- Vomiting in the past 24 hours (without use of vomiting-suppressing medication)
- Diarrhea in the past 24 hours (without use of diarrhea-suppressing medication)
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye) – bacterial or viral; may return when symptom free or with permission from physician
- Strep Throat (must have been taking an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school and be fever free for 24 hours)
- Ringworm – only if area can be completely covered by clothing or bandage; otherwise exclude until treatment has begun
- Impetigo and wound/skin infections – only if blisters and drainage cannot be contained and maintained in a clean dry bandage
- Scabies - may return once treatment has begun
We also recommend you keep your child home with any of the following:
- Bad cough – coughing that won’t stop, even without fever
- Bad pain (such as bad headache, earache, toothache or pain from injury or recent procedure) – monitor them at home and contact their doctor
- Severe sore throat or severe stomach ache – contact your child’s doctor