Communicable Disease Guidelines

Kid Playing Nurse

Please contact your child's school when he/she is too ill to attend and inform them about the symptoms or type of communicable disease that the child is experiencing.


Missouri law requires that children with contagious diseases must be excluded from school until medical clearance is received. If you suspect or know that your child has a contagious disease, please notify your child's health office.

A STUDENT SHOULD NOT BE IN ATTENDANCE AND SHALL BE SENT HOME FOR ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • Fever (an oral temperature of 100.2 F. or above)

Students may be readmitted to the classroom when there has been no fever in the preceding 24 hours
without medication to reduce fever.

  • Vomiting, nausea, diarrhea (anti-nausea drugs are not recommended unless ordered by your physician).
    Contact your physician if the vomiting and diarrhea last longer than 24 hours or become severe.
  • Generalized skin rash (all over the body) or a rash that has not been identified by a physician.
  • Persistent cough, earache, running ear, sore throat, or other symptoms related to communicable disease
    such as swollen glands.

(A sore throat that is accompanied by fever and enlarged nodules in the neck can be serious.
Strep throat is always a concern and should be diagnosed and treated by a physician. Untreated strep
infections can produce serious complications.)

*Children may return to school 24 hours after antibiotic treatment is begun and
the child has been fever free without fever reducing medication.

*A child taking antibiotics may take the dose necessary at school when the parent brings the medicine
to the health room in the correctly labeled pharmacy container with specific instructions for administration.
The parent will sign a medication authorization form at that time in the health office.
Please see the complete medication administration policy in the parent handbook.