Reporting an Absence
If your child is going to be absent or late to school, PLEASE CALL OUR 24 HOUR VOICEMAIL MESSAGE AT 312-7568 and press 3, as soon as possible ON THE MORNING OF THE ABSENCE. If we do not hear from you, we will attempt to call you to confirm the absence. This procedure is very important for the safety of children as well as for our district and state accounting purposes.
If your child has any of these symptoms, please keep him/her home, or make appropriate childcare arrangements.
- APPEARANCE, BEHAVIOR - unusually tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused, or irritable. This is sufficient reason to exclude a child from school
- EYES – thick mucus or pus draining from the eye and “pink eye” (conjunctivitis)
- FEVER – temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
- GREENISH NOSE DISCHARGE, AND/OR CHRONIC COUGH – should be seen by a health care provider. These conditions may be contagious and require treatment
- SORE THROAT/COUGHING – especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck
- DIARRHEA – in a 24 hr period, especially if the child acts or looks ill
- VOMITING – vomiting within the past 24 hours
- RASH – body rash, especially with fever or itching. Diaper rashes, heat rashes, and allergic reactions are not contagious
- EAR INFECTIONS WITHOUT FEVER – does not need to be excluded, but the child needs to get medical treatment and follow-up. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss
- LICE, SCABIES – children may not return to school until they have been treated and are free of lice and nits (eggs). Children with scabies can be admitted after treatment
IF YOUR CHILD SHOWS ANY OF THE ABOVE SYMPTOMS AT SCHOOL, IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO PICK HIM/HER UP FROM SCHOOL.
- Bringing a child to school with any of the above symptoms puts other children and staff at risk of getting sick.
- While we regret any inconvenience this may cause, in the long run, this means fewer lost workdays and less illness for parents too
- Hand washing is still the number one way to prevent the spread of germs.