Health Guidelines

Written by Mrs. Sakalas on .

In order to provide a healthy school environment for students and staff, we ask that you follow the guidelines below when making decisions about your child’s attendance at school.

Upon making the decision to keep your child home from school, please notify the school by calling 815-725-8391 and press “5”.  Please provide the exact reason for your child’s absence ie Cough, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Fever, FLU diagnosed by the doctor, Strep throat, etc.

Gym excuses: Parents may write a note excusing their child from gym for 3 days.  If your child needs to be excused for a longer period of time a note from a physician is needed.

Medication at school: Students are not allowed to possess or take medication at school unless an authorization form is on file.  Authorization must be completed by the physician and signed by the parent at the start of each school year for all medication including over the counter medications.


Notify the school nurse. The student may not attend school for at least 5 days after the last pox erupted and all vesicles are dried or scabbed.


Student should remain at home if he/she has: 1) an excessive cough, 2) an excessively runny nose, 3) an elevated temperature; or 4) is too uncomfortable to function in school.


Student should remain home if they have had diarrhea within the past 24 hours until resolved


Student should be evaluated by a physician and provide a note with diagnosis listed.  They may not attend class for 24 hours after starting medication.



Student must remain home if they have a temperature is 100 degrees or above.

Keep your child home for 24 hours after there is no longer a fever or signs of fever (without the use of fever reducing medicine.


FLU “Influenza”

Students with FLU LIKE ILLNESS should stay home for 24 hours until their temperature is below 100 degrees without the use of fever reducing medication. Students with excessive coughs or excessive runny nose should stay home until they have improved.   Please notify us if your physician has diagnosed your child with the FLU.


Students will be excluded from gym/recess and must have a note regarding when they can return to gym/recess if they come to school with splints, casts, crutches, stitches, staples, or dermabond.


Notify the school nurse if you find lice in your child’s hair and treat them for lice. If a child is found to have lice at school, the parent will be notified.  Students must be checked by the nurse & have no viable lice or nits before returning to school the next day.


Impetigo is a contagious skin infection characterized by sores that are blistery and/or crusty often seen on the face.  Students must remain home and may return 24 hours after treatment with a note listing the diagnosis from the Dr


Students may not attend school with any undiagnosed skin rashes unless a Dr note is on file stating the rash is not contagious.



Students are expected to come to school with all scabs and wounds covered with a bandage to prevent the spread of contagions.


Students may return to school 24 hours after antibiotics started if fever free without the use of fever reducing medication in the past 24 hours.


Student should remain at home if he/she has vomited in the past 24 hours until resolved.