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Illness Policy

Illness Policy

We know how much your child will enjoy coming to school and never want to miss a day, however, in the event that your child becomes sick, please let the school know by calling the attendance hotline at (760) 331-5470. Please leave the date, your child's name, teacher, and reason for the absence.


  • I'm vomiting
  • I have a rash, lice or nits (body rash, especially with a fever or itching)
  • I have diarrhea
  • I have an eye infection (thick mucus or pus draining from the eye)
  • I have a sore throat (with a fever or swollen glands)
  • I'm just not feeling very good (unusually tired, pale, lack of appetite, confused or cranky)
  • I have a fever (temperature of 100° (F) or more) 


Health concerns which should keep a child home from school

  • Children too ill to participate in normal school activities should not be at school.  Not only are they unable to benefit from education when ill, they also may infect other children and staff.
  • A child with a temperature greater than 99.9 should stay home until the temperature has been normal for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications such as Tylenol or Motrin.
  • If a child does not appear ill, but has a temperature above 99.9, the temperature should be check again after the child has rested quietly for 20 minutes in a room with a comfortable temperature.
  • A child who has vomited or is unable to tolerate normal food and drink should stay home until the vomiting has stopped for at least 24 hours.
  • A child with diarrhea should stay home until the diarrhea has stopped for at least 24 hours.  A child with persistent diarrhea should be seen by a doctor.
  • A child with a known or suspected communicable disease should stay home until a doctor approves his return to school, (in writing) or the symptoms are no longer present.  (Examples of communicable diseases: strep throat, chickenpox, shingles, herpes simplex, hepatitis A, impetigo, fungus skin infections, head lice, scabies, pink eye.  When a child is diagnosed with such a disease, the school health office should be alerted.)
  • A child with a rash of unknown cause should stay home until seen and released by a doctor as being not contagious, or until the rash is gone.
  • A child who has undergone a medical procedure requiring general anesthesia should stay home for at least 24 hours following anesthesia.
  • A child with upper respiratory infection (symptoms: persistent nasal discharge that is discolored, elevated temperature, productive excessive cough) should stay home until symptoms are improved at least 24 hours, or school attendance is approved in writing by a physician.
  • A child without fever, but with a mild cough, runny nose, and nasal congestion may be at school with the approval of the health technician or school nurse.
  • A child who has been receiving antibiotic medication for at least 24 hours, and is without fever and other otherwise well, may be at school.
  • If a child needs to take medication while at school, written physician and parent approval, along with medication in a pharmacy labeled container, is required.
  • In preschool in addition to the conditions listed above when a child vomits or has diarrhea at school, the child will be sent home from school.