Procedures for Student Absences due to Medical Reasons
The health of our student community is of utmost importance to us. For this reason, we call home whenever a student is absent. In cases where students are absent for 3 or more consecutive days, please send a doctor’s note to the school health office. Children should be kept home until fully recovered (until all the symptoms subside) following the doctor’s advice. Please provide the doctor’s written confirmation note to the school health office as soon as it’s available. Upon return to school children should be able to fully participate in all activities, including recess and PE class, unless accompanied by a doctor’s note such as in cases of fractures, chronic conditions, or other instances that can be followed under the school doctor’s jurisdiction, and according to the student’s doctor’s recommendations.
Please keep your child at home if any of these symptoms appear:
Any symptoms suspected of being communicable disease symptoms;
- Temperature above 99 ºF (37.5 ºC);
- Undiagnosed rash;
- Repeated episodes of vomiting or diarrhea;
- Irritability, lethargy, persistent crying, difficulty breathing, or other signs which prevent the student from focusing on learning and participating comfortably in all activities, including recess.
In case of a confirmed communicable disease (the CDC defines this as: “An infectious disease transmissible from person to person by direct contact with an affected individual or by indirect contact through a ‘vector’ – e.g. mosquito or indirect contact with the individual’s bodily discharges or an object touched by such a patient.”), it is requested that the parents notify the school health office. The school shall be notified of the above disease within three days from the date on which the medical leave started.
Following a communicable disease, it is necessary to provide a doctor’s note upon returning to school that states that the child is clear of any communicable symptoms, and can participate in all activities and sport, as well as recesses. Please note that for the health and safety of all other students, it is necessary to exclude the returning child until this note is obtained from the child’s doctor.
Please also note that exclusion from school is necessary if any of the above listed symptoms appear or when a student’s illness requires a greater degree of observation or care than school staff can safely provide, poses a threat to the health or safety of others, or precludes any benefit of attending classes or participating in sport activities and recesses because of inability to focus and learn.
Based on cdc.gov criteria on School Health Management Information.
Information reviewed and updated February, 2017