When to Keep Your Child at Home
Student Wellness and Health Services Communicable Diseases (BISD Elementary Student Handbook p.45)
A principal shall exclude from attendance any child having or suspected of having a communicable disease designated by the commissioner of health as cause for exclusion. Any child excluded for reason of communicable disease may be readmitted, as determined by the health authority, by:
- Submitting a certificate of the attending physician, advanced practice nurse, or physician assistant attesting that the child does not currently have signs or symptoms of a communicable disease or to the disease’s non-communicability in a school setting;
- Submitting a permit for readmission issued by a local health authority; or
- Meeting readmission criteria as established by the commissioner.
Examples of communicable diseases are: mumps, measles, scarlet fever, scarlatina, impetigo, ringworm, pinkeye, whooping cough, and chickenpox.
Texas Department of Health: Texas Administrative Code (25 TAC 97.7(b)–(c))
Keep Your Child at Home When:
· Child has a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.7 degrees Celsius or higher,
· has diarrhea or vomiting has a rash of unknown origin, has red, runny eyes or wakes up with eyes "glued" shut,
· Child complains of ear pain with or without fever
Your Child May Return When:
· Fever free for 24 hours without the use of Tylenol or other fever reducer,
· is free of diarrhea and vomiting for 24 hours,
· rash is no longer visible,
· eyes are no longer red,
· ear is no longer hurting or
· the child has been cleared by a health care professional to return to public school.
Feel free to contact me with any questions/concerns.
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Susie Jett RN, BSN, CPN
Smithfield Elementary School Nurse