The school will observe recommendations of the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding communicable diseases. The district has also provided a communicable disease chart for the more common diseases, their symptoms, and the exclusion period for your child.
- Parents are required to notify the school nurse if they suspect their child has a communicable disease.
- In certain cases, students with a communicable disease may be excluded from school or sent home from school following notification of the parent or guardian.
- The school will provide written instructions to the parent/guardian regarding appropriate treatment for the communicable disease.
- A student excluded because of a communicable disease will be permitted to return to school only when the parent/guardian brings to the school a letter from the student’s doctor stating that the student is no longer contagious or at risk of spreading the communicable disease.
For some of these diseases, we are mandated to report the occurrence of these diseases to the Illinois Department of Health. In some cases, proof of treatment may be required to return to school. Children who are not completely immunized for a childhood disease may be excluded from school in the event of an outbreak of that disease. If your child develops any communicable disease, such as chickenpox, strep throat, scarlet fever, mumps, whooping cough, tuberculosis, measles, or any other communicable diseases, please notify the school nurse immediately.
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. Many different influenza viruses are constantly changing. They cause illness, hospital stays, and deaths in the United States each year. The flu can be very dangerous for children. Each year about 20,000 children younger than 5 years old is hospitalized from flu complications, like pneumonia.
There are excellent resources for more detailed information about the flu, including prevention, symptoms, and treatments on the CDC website (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Additional information is provided in The Flu: A Guide for Parents.Can my child go to school if he or she is sick?
No. For the health and safety of our students and staff, your child should stay home to rest and to avoid giving the flu to other children or caregivers.
When can my child go back to school after having the flu?
Keep your child home from school, daycare, or camp for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone. (Fever should be gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.) A fever is defined as 100°F (37.8°C) or higher.