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Illness Policy

To help prevent the spread of illness our school policy states:
Children may not be sent to school with infections that might cause other children to become ill.
A child with a fever of 100.4 degrees or more, diarrhea, vomiting or unexplained rashes should not be sent to school.
Children who have had a fever should not return to school until they have been free of a fever without the aid of medications for a minimum of 24 hours. This 24 hour policy also applies for vomiting and diarrhea.

There are often questions about the differences between influenza, the common cold and pertussis. Below is a chart that explains each illness, what the symptoms are and what you can do to help your child if they become sick. There is also a chart that you may refer to for other common childhood illness that may be a helpful reference for school attendance. The chart is modified from the Iowa Department of Public Health. For the full list of Epidemiology of Common Communicable Diseases, visit their website: www.idph.state.ia.us

Thank you for helping keep our kids healthy!
It is our goal to promote optimal health, prevent disease and support comprehensive health education for
all students, staff and families. We do this in order to advance the well-being and academic success and
life-long achievement of all students.

► Communicable Disease Chart (PDF)

► Influenza vs Cold vs Pertussis Chart (PDF)