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  • A temperature of 37.5°C (99.5°F) or above within the last 24 hours.
    • If a student develops a fever during the school day, he or she will be isolated and parents will be contacted for the student to leave school immediately. We will provide an isolated waiting area until parents pick up the student or other arrangements are made.
    • If they only have a fever of 37.5-37.9 and no other symptoms, they may return to school after being fever-free for 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medication.
    • If the student has a fever over 38, consult a doctor and take advice regarding testing for COVID-19. If they are not tested, they need to be fever and symptom free for 72 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medication before returning to school.
    • If your child has been diagnosed with influenza, please keep your child home for 5 days after the start of the fever. Your child should also be fever free for 48 hours before returning to school.
  • Vomiting or diarrhea within the last 12 hours.
  • A contagious-looking skin rash or infection. Please seek medical evaluation before sending the student to school.
  • Head lice: The student may come to school after treatment with lice shampoo. Please notify the school nurse.
  • Symptoms of tonsillitis or strep throat, such as fever, very red sore throat with or without white spots, bright red tongue with protruding red spots, and enlarged lymph glands. If these symptoms are present, a doctor should be consulted as soon as possible, and the student should not return to school until antibiotics have been taken for 24 hours.

If it becomes necessary to send a student home during the school day, the nurse will contact the parent or the alternate contact person to make necessary arrangements.