Attendance Guidelines for Illness

ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS

 

There may be mornings when it is difficult to tell whether or not your child is too ill to go to school. Per the Texas Education Agency, parents must ensure they do not send a child to school on campus if the child has COVID-19 symptoms (as listed below) or is lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and instead should opt to receive remote instruction until conditions for re-entry are met.  

  • Chills or temperature of 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth
  • Sore throat and./or loss of taste or smell
  • New uncontrolled cough (or, for students with a chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline), difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Muscle ache or fatigue
In addition to symptoms of COVID as noted above, please keep your student home for the following conditions that, while they may not indicate COVID, could indicate an infectious or contagious condition:
 
  • Temp of 100 or greater; please measure temperature BEFORE giving Tylenol or other fever-reducing medicine
  • Red or pink eyes WITH matting, crusting or drainage 
  • Chicken Pox – until cleared by doctor and all blisters are crusted and healing
  • Diarrhea (2 or more loose stools in 24 hour period or ONE loose stool this morning)
  • Impetigo – amber crusted lesions--until cleared by doctor and lesions can be covered with a bandage
  • Influenza (Flu) or Flu-like symptoms (multiple symptoms including body ache, fatigue, redness around eyes, nose, chills,, malaise)
  • Ringworm of scalp or multiple lesions or single lesion that cannot be covered UNTIL antifungal cream has been started and lesion can be covered
  • Any rash that resembles Viral Rash, Pox or other unidentified rash– if in doubt, RN will refer to MD or parent must keep home until clear
  • Vomiting (2 or more times in the past 12 hours or ONE time this morning)
  • Lethargic or unusually irritable behavior
  • Cough, sneezing or runny nose that interferes with your student's ability to read, write or follow instruction 

(This is not an all-inclusive list – Check with your school nurse for additional information)

Remember, these are the minimum requirements for exclusion from in-person learning.   Parents must carefully consider when to bring a student back to class.   Please consult with your campus nurse if you have any questions.   Your campus nurse maintains the right to exclude students based on current COVID protocol and published Attendance Guidelines until/unless cleared by a doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant by written order dated for each specific incidence.   Please also remember, if your child has been sick, the recuperation period not only helps prevent the spread of illnesses, but gives your child's immune system time to recover.   

Frequent, vague complaints of not feeling well are common when children are anxious or stressed or even when they realize staying at home brings a little extra attention. It is wise to discuss this with your doctor and your child’s teacher. 

Due to current widespread community transmission of COVID 19, PLEASE be available to pick your student up within 30 minutes if your are asked to do so.