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Illness / Injury

The East Penn School District has established the following guidelines for sickness. If a student becomes ill, he/she should stay home until fully recovered. Please do not send your child to school if any of the following symptoms are present:

  • Temperature of 100 degrees or higher
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Severe coughing
  • Suspicious skin rash
  • Influenza-like Illness: Any student exhibiting signs and symptoms of influenza will be sent home from school.  This includes T>100°F, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue

Return to School after Illness/Injury

  • A doctor’s release is required before a student returns to school in cases of prolonged absence due to injury or illness. Please consult with your child’s school nurse before your child returns to school after a prolonged illness or injury that has required medical care.
  • Keep your child home until his or her fever is below 100 degree F for 24 hours without use of  fever reducing medication. Returning to school too soon may slow the recovery process and expose others unnecessarily to contagious illness.
  • Complex situations will be assessed on a case-by-case basis in conjunction with the parent, school administrator, school nurse, student’s health care provider, and the chief school physician.

Return to School after Communicable Disease

No child, absent or excluded from school by reason of one of the diseases listed below, shall return to school before the specified time has expired.

Chicken Pox/Shingles   5 days from appearance of first crop of vesicles or when lesions are dry and crusted over. (Shingles- exclude only if rash is weeping and cannot be covered)

Conjunctivitis (pink eye)  24 hours after initiation of treatment                 

German Measles  7 days after onset of rash

Measles   5 days from onset of rash

Mumps    5 days after onset of swelling

Norovirus  No vomiting/diarrhea for 48 hours

Scarlet Fever  7 days from onset or 24 hours after initiation of appropriate antibiotics

Strep Throat   24 hours after initiation of appropriate antibiotics

Pertussis   After 5 days of appropriate antibiotic therapy

 

The East Penn School District is an equal opportunity education institution and will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities or employment practices on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, ancestry, disability, union membership or other legally protected classification. Announcement of the policy is in accordance with state and federal laws, including Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 and Americans with Disabilities Act. Copyright 2009 East Penn School District.
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