Health Attendance Guidelines

For ultimate success, students need to be at school and in the classroom. However, there are times a student must stay home. Keeping a sick child home prevents the spread of disease in the school community and allows the child to rest and recover. Please use the following general guidelines when deciding if your child should stay home and when to return to school following an illness. Contact your campus school nurse for further questions regarding illness and school attendance.

Health Condition

Guidelines for Student Readmission


Fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-suppressing medication. Fever is a temperature of 100° Fahrenheit (37.8° Celsius) or higher.

Vomiting and diarrhea 

Symptom-free for 24 hours without the use of medication. Diarrhea is three or more episodes of loose stools in a 24-hour period.

Rash accompanied with fever or spreading 

Healthcare provider’s note for readmission.  See school nurse before readmission.

Pinkeye, or conjunctivitis 

Effective treatment (symptom-free) or healthcare provider’s note for readmission.

COVID-19/Influenza/Common Cold

Fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever suppressing medications. Fever is a temperature of 100° Fahrenheit (37.8° Celsius) or higher.


Drainage from wounds or skin and soft tissue infections must be contained and maintained in a clean dry bandage.

Mononucleosis, infectious 

With healthcare provider’s authorization or after the fever subsides. May need healthcare provider’s statement regarding activity modification.

Ringworm of body/scalp 

Treatment has begun and infected area is completely covered by clothing or a bandage.


After treatment has begun.

Staph infection 

Healthcare provider’s note and school nurse assessment before readmission. Infected area is covered and without drainage.

Strep or scarlet fever 

Antibiotics for 24 hours, fever-free for 24 hours. Fever is a temperature of 100° Fahrenheit (37.8° Celsius) or higher.

Coppell ISD follows the guidance of the Texas Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) concerning the exclusion and reporting of infectious diseases.

For a complete list of all diseases requiring exclusion from school and the readmission criteria, please visit the DSHS COMMUNICABLE DISEASE CHART AND NOTES FOR SCHOOLS AND CHILDCARE CENTERS.

For a complete list of notifiable diseases, please visit TDSHS Notifiable Conditions.