For ultimate success in school, our clinic staff believes students need to be at school and in the classroom. However, there are times a student must stay home! A child that is sick cannot learn effectively and is often unable to participate in a meaningful way. Keeping a sick child home prevents the spread of illness in the school community and allows the child the opportunity to rest and recover. Please use the following guidelines when deciding if your child should attend school. Contact your campus school nurse for further questions regarding illness and school attendance.
An elevated temperature is not in itself an illness, but it is a good indicator the body is fighting an illness or infection. Combined with other symptoms (i.e., sore throat, nausea, or rash), your child may have a contagious disease. Students with a 100º F or higher temperature should stay home until fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of a fever suppressing medication (e.g., Tylenol, Motrin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen).
Vomiting or Diarrhea
Many viruses and bacterias cause disease that involves vomiting and diarrhea. A student should be free of vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours without the use of medication.
Staying home or seeking medical attention may be necessary when a student has a cough that continues or worsens. Coughing can be a symptom of a serious infectious disease, asthma, or a secondary infection.
Constant Pain (head, ear, stomach, etc.)
Uncomfortable children cannot concentrate in school. Pain can often be the body's response to something more serious that needs medical treatment. Your child should stay home until the pain has subsided.
A rash that has spread or is accompanied by a fever
Common infectious diseases with rashes are most contagious in the early stages. A child with a suspicious rash should return to school only after a healthcare provider has made a diagnosis and authorized the child's return to school.
Pinkeye, or Conjunctivitis
Conjunctivitis caused by bacteria or viruses can be passed to others. The white part of your child's eye may be red, or you may see a cloudy or yellow eye discharge. Your child may return to school when symptom-free or with a healthcare provider's note authorizing admittance.
Strep and Scarlet Fever
These bacterial infections can be passed to others. Signs include sudden sore throat with fever, stomachache, and headache. With scarlet fever, a rash usually shows up within 12 to 48 hours. Call your healthcare provider for any of these signs. Your child should stay home until he/she does not have a fever and has been taking antibiotics for 24 hours.
Flu is a virus that can quickly be passed to others. The main symptom of the flu is fever and can include body aches, chills, cough and congestion, sore throat, or vomiting. Your child should stay home until fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of a fever suppressing medication (e.g., Tylenol, Motrin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen).
This strep or staph infection can cause red blisters that can be anywhere on the body or face. Pus drains from the blisters, and a honey-colored crust may appear in the area. It can be passed to others through direct contact. Students should seek medical attention and may attend school only if blisters and drainage can be contained and maintained in a clean, dry bandage.
These small insects that dig into the skin can cause itching and can be passed to others. Your child should stay home from school for at least 24 hours after the first treatment.
For other information on recommendations for school admission and exclusion related to health, please click here. Coppell Independent School District follows the recommendations set forth by the Texas Department of State Health Services. In some cases, the judgment of the professional school nurse will be needed in determining the re-admission of a student.