Meramec Elementary School

 School District of Clayton
Student Illness Guidelines



Attendance is encouraged unless one of the following exists:


1) FEVER: Students with 100 degree Fahrenheit or above should not attend school. Students must be fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of medication before they may return to school.


2) CONJUNCTIVITIS/ PINKEYE: Students with red, watery eyes accompanied by purulent drainage must remain at home until 3 doses of antibiotic eye drops have been administered and eyes are clear of purulent discharge.


3) IMPETIGO: This condition is highly contagious and requires treatment. Unless under the care of a physician the student should not attend school.


4) PEDICULUS HUMANUS CAPITUS/HEAD LICE: The school must be informed if your child has head lice. Treatment and removal of all eggs is required before returning to school. The student must be ""checked in" by the school nurse before returning to class.


5) PINWORMS: This condition is easily transmitted and requires treatment before attending school.


6) VOMITING/DIARRHEA: If a student has vomited or had diarrhea during the night or just before school he/she should not attend. Students should remain at home until symptom free and able to tolerate regular food.


7) SORE THROAT: A sore throat may require medical attention to determine if a strep infection is present and an antibiotic needed. If a throat culture is done, student should remain at home until results are known. If culture is positive, student may return to school after 24 hours of antibiotics if no fever is present.


8) RASH: A student with a rash should be excluded until cause of rash has been determined. This may require a physician"s note for attendance.


9) RINGWORM: Student may attend school if ringworm is being treated by a physician. Treatment must be verified by an MD.


10) RUNNY NOSE: If drainage is not clear and is profuse, the student should remain at home until symptoms improve.


11) COUGH: A cough following a cold is not necessarily contagious and may be prolonged. If the cough is croup or productive, the student should remain at home until symptoms improve.


12) CHICKEN POX: Students are excluded for a minimum of 6 days or until all lesions have crusted.


A School District of Clayton policy states that any student too ill to attend the morning session should remain at home for the entire day.


Please report any communicable diseases such as strep throat, chicken pox, etc. to the school nurse for the protection of students in school. If you have questions about your child"s attendance at school, contact your school nurse.