5023 Student Illness

5023 student illness

Students who suffer from a significant illness which has an actual or expected duration of six months or more may be eligible for accommodations and supports under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act.  The school will provide accommodations to students who are returning to school after a prolonged absence due to illness, including pediatric cancer, through a 504 plan or an IEP, as appropriate.  The student’s plan will include informal or formal accommodations, modifications of curriculum and monitoring by medical or academic staff as determined by the student’s IEP team or 504 committee.  Parents and staff will engage in ongoing communication about the needs of a student who is facing these circumstances.  

Students who become ill at school will be sent to the building office where the school nurse or other school employee will determine the appropriate response.  The student will be sent home based on symptoms, Two Rivers Public Health Department guidelines and employee discretion.  The following guidelines may be used to help determine when a student should be sent home:

  • Fever – Temperature of 100.0 degrees F or higher
  • Sore Throat – Sore throat comes with swollen glands, fever headache or stomach ache
  • Upset Stomach – Any stomach pain connected with throwing up, diarrhea or fever
  • Vomiting – Vomiting 2 times or more in a 24 hour period
  • Diarrhea – 3 or more loose stools in a 24-hour period
  • Red Eye – If eye was stuck shut upon waking, bright red and/or green or yellow drainage noted

When a child is too ill to remain at school, a school employee will contact the child’s parent(s) and make arrangements for the child to be picked up or sent home.  If an illness or injury requires immediate medical attention, school officials shall attempt to contact the child’s parent(s) regarding treatment for the child.  If the parents cannot be contacted, school officials may have the child treated by an available medical professional.  Students who show symptoms of a contagious disease may be sent home, and the district may require a medical professional’s statement before allowing such students to return to school.  If a child has missed 3 or more days in a row a physician’s note may be required to return to school. 

Parents must complete an emergency information card for each child enrolled in the district.  The card should list the family medical professional’s name, where parents or a responsible adult can be located, and any necessary emergency instructions.

Adopted on: April 14, 2014

Revised on: June 8, 2015

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