Valley Grove School District:  

Nurse’s Office

At times,   it is difficult for parents/guardians to decide whether their child is well enough

to attend school.  When a child is ill, he/she may be too sick to learn, and may expose other students to illness.  We have students in the school with immune systems that are compromised and are more susceptible to becoming ill.


Below are some guidelines to consider when making a decision to send the child or keep him/her at home. 


If your child’s temperature is 100 degrees or more, he/she should remain home.  Your child may return to school after being fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen.  These medications will bring down the fever, but it does not mean the child is still not sick.


Vomiting and Diarrhea:  A child with diarrhea and/or vomiting should stay home and should not return to school for 24 hours following the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea. 


Rashes:  Common infectious diseases with rashes are most contagious in the early stages.  If the cause of the rash is unknown and/or causes discomfort to your child, and is accompanied by a fever, then a medical evaluation is warranted.  A child with a suspicious rash should return to school only after a health care provider has made a diagnosis and authorized the child’s return to school.

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye): 

Clear, yellow or green drainage and crusting around the eye(s) may be present.  Students may have bacterial or viral conjunctivitis (pink eye).  Until we have a note from the physician stating the condition is not contagious, or until the redness and drainage are completely gone, your child must remain out of school.  If you child is diagnosed with conjunctivitis (pink eye), your child may return to school 24 hours after the first dose of prescribed medication or when a physician certifies him/her non-infectious.

Sore Throat:  If a child has a fever, swollen glands in the neck area and/or painful swallowing, he/she should remain at home.  If you child is diagnosed with strep throat, he/she must be on antibiotics 24 hours before returning to school.


Head Lice:  No student may attend school with live head lice.  The student with head lice may not ride the bus to/from school.  If a student is found with live lice during school hours, the student will need to go home and may return to school after completion of lice treatment at home.  The student needs to be accompanied by the parent/guardian to be readmitted to school by the school nurse.


Scabies/Ringworm/Impetigo:  No student is permitted in school with these conditions.  Students may return to school 24 hours after diagnosis and medication treatment begins.


Communicable Diseases:  If a student contracts one of the following diseases, he/she must remain out of school for the number of days indicated:

·   Diphtheria. Two weeks from the onset or until appropriate negative culture tests.

                · Measles. Four days from the onset of rash. Exclusion may also be ordered by the                         Department of Health as specified in § 27.160 (relating to special requirements for               measles).

                · Mumps. Nine days from the onset or until subsidence of swelling.

                · Pertussis(Whooping Cough). Three weeks from the onset or 5 days from                                       institution of appropriate antimicrobial therapy.

                · Rubella. Four days from the onset of rash.

                · Chickenpox. Five days from the appearance of the first crop of vesicles, or when all              the lesions have dried and crusted; whichever is sooner.

                · Strep Infection.  Doctor’s release/24 hours after the start of appropriate therapy/NO fever.

                · Infectious conjunctivitis (pink eye).  24 hours after the start of antibiotic/NO discharge.        

Handwashing:  Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on them in most situations. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.  Students need to be their own best advocate in helping to prevent the spread of germs.  Please encourage your child to wash his/her hands frequently or use hand sanitizer at home, in public and at school.

 How Should You Wash Your Hands?

Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.

Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap.  Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.  Need a timer?  Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.

Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

 Nutrition is Important!  Please make sure your child eats breakfast every day.  Research indicates breakfast improves academic performance and cognitive functioning.  Encourage your child to drink water or milk instead of sugary drinks.


** Please have contact numbers updated, and a plan in place in case a student needs to leave school.


This general information should not be used as a substitute or in place of contacting your child’s healthcare provider.


Thank you!