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Illness and/or Accident

Sick Child

District 63 follows the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Guidelines for all exclusions from school, parent notifications, and reports.   At times, a student's illness or injury may require further medical attention or removal from school. In case of a severe student injury, a 911 call may be required. Paramedics will make the decision to transport to the hospital. Every attempt will be made to inform parents in a timely manner. Parents must provide up-to-date phone contact numbers and emergency contact numbers. Parents may be asked to come to school and accompany their child home or to a physician in case of illness or injury.   

  • Fever: Usually a sign of a viral or bacterial infection. Children with a fever of 100.4 degrees F or higher should be kept home for at least 24 hours after they are fever-free. Children with a fever greater than 100.4 degrees F will be sent home from school. This child will be excluded from school for 24 hours after s/he is fever-free. 
  • Vomiting or diarrhea: A child should be kept home until s/he has not vomited or had diarrhea for 24 hours. Don't hesitate to get in touch with a physician if your child appears dehydrated or has not been able to eat or drink for 24 hours. Children with vomiting or diarrhea will be sent home from school pending an assessment by the Certified School Nurse or Registered Nurse in your child's building.  
  • Colds: A child with a sore throat, runny nose, and a cough should stay home with or without a fever. Provide increased oral fluids and call your physician if the cold persists past seven days. Children who come to school with frequent coughing may be sent home.
  • Rashes: Many childhood illnesses, allergies, and infections show up with a rash. Children who come to school with a rash may be sent home unless accompanied by a note from a healthcare provider, MD, or APN, stating that the rash is not contagious. This is part of the IDPH guidelines for schools.