East Maine School District 63

Empowering all students to succeed in a changing world

Illness / Accident

Sick Student District 63 follows the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Guidelines for all communicable disease occurrences, including physician referrals, exclusions from school, parent notifications, and reports.
 
At times, a student illness or injury may require further medical attention or removal from school. In case of a severe student injury a 911 call may be required. Paramedics will make the decision to transport to the hospital. Every attempt will be made to inform parents in a timely manner. Parents must provide up-to-date phone contact numbers and emergency contact numbers. Parents may be asked to come to school and accompany their child home or to a physician in case of illness or injury. 
 
  • Fever: Usually a sign of a viral or bacterial infection. Children with a fever of 100 degrees F or higher should be kept home for at least 24 hours after they are fever free. Children with a fever greater than 100 degrees F will be sent home from school. This child will be excluded from school for 24 hours after s/he is fever free. 
  • Vomiting or diarrhea: A child should be kept home until s/he has not vomited or had diarrhea for 24 hours. Please contact a physician if your child appears dehydrated or has not been able to eat or drink for 24 hours. Children with vomiting or diarrhea will be sent home from school and will be excluded from school until 24 hours after they are free of diarrhea or vomiting. 
  • Colds: A child with a sore throat, runny nose, and a cough should stay home with or without a fever. Provide increased oral fluids and call your physician if the cold persists past seven days. Children who come to school with frequent coughing may be sent home.
  • Rashes: Many childhood illnesses, allergies, and infections show up with a rash. Children who come to school with a rash may be sent home unless accompanied by a note from a healthcare provider, MD, or APN, stating that the rash is not contagious. This is part of the IDPH guidelines for schools.

Communicable Diseases

The school will observe recommendations of the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding communicable diseases. The district has also provided a communicable diseases chart for the more common diseases, their symptoms and the exclusion period for your child. 

  1. Parents are required to notify the school nurse if they suspect their child has a communicable disease. 
  2. In certain cases, students with a communicable disease may be excluded from school or sent home from school following notification of the parent or guardian.
  3. The school will provide written instructions to the parent / guardian regarding appropriate treatment for the communicable disease.
  4. A student excluded because of a communicable disease will be permitted to return to school only when the parent / guardian brings to the school a letter from the student’s doctor stating that the student is no longer contagious or at risk of spreading the communicable disease.
These diseases come in many forms, if children present with symptoms of any of the following diseases or other communicable diseases they will be sent home for further evaluation by a healthcare provider. For some of these diseases, we are mandated to report the occurrence of these diseases to the Illinois Department of Health. In some cases, proof of treatment may be required for return to school. Children who are not completely immunized for a childhood disease may be excluded from school in the event of an outbreak of that disease. If your child develops any communicable disease, such as, chicken pox, strep throat, scarlet fever, mumps, whooping cough, tuberculosis, measles or any other communicable diseases, please notify the school nurse immediately.
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