Health Guide

DOWNERS GROVE GRADE SCHOOL DISTRICT 58 HEALTH GUIDE

In order to provide as healthy a school environment as possible for all students and staff, the following health guide has been prepared to assist you with decisions relating to your child’s health and school attendance.

Upon making the decision to keep your child home, parents are required to call the child’s school before 9:00 a.m. As a convenience for parents, each school has a direct phone number as well as an answering machine to record calls before and after normal office hours.

COLDS

Student should remain at home if he/she: 1) has an excessive cough, 2) has an excessive runny nose, or 3) if temperature is 100 degrees or above.

CHICKEN POX

Inform the school nurse. The student must be excluded from school until all vesicles are dried and crusted over, usually 5 to 7 days.

COXSACKIE VIRUS

Also known as Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease. Student can attend school unless fever or weeping lesions are present, or child is unable to participate in school activities.

DIARRHEA

Student should remain at home if diarrhea has occurred within the last 24 hours. Your child should be free of diarrhea without the use of medication for 24 hours before returning to school.

EAR INFECTIONS

Student should be evaluated by M.D. if he/she complains of ear pain.

EYE INFECTIONS

Consult a physician when there is eye drainage to determine whether antibiotic eye ointment or drops are needed. If antibiotic treatment is required, the student may return to school 24 hours after antibiotics are initiated.

FEVER

Student must remain home if temperature is 100 degrees or above, and may return after being fever free for 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medications.

FIFTH DISEASE

Notify the nurse, and anyone who might be pregnant who came in contact with the student before the rash appeared. The student is no longer contagious once the rash (slapped cheek) appears; no restrictions unless a fever is present or if the child does not feel well enough to participate in usual activities.

FRACTURES/ SURGERIES

Parents need to contact the Principal or the Nurse to determine modifications of physical activity and mode of travel throughout the building. Please provide written information from your physician as to your child’s level of activity in physical education and recess. A written physician’s note is also essential for clearance to return to physical education.

GYM EXCUSES

Parents may request exemption from physical education activities for the following reasons: 1) Minor illness, injury or personal reason not to exceed five days. 2) Extended health-related reason for greater than five days, verified by written explanation from a person licensed under the Medical Practice Act.

HEAD INJURIES/ CONCUSSIONS

Please refer to the concussion page on this site. See Board Policy 5150.2 for student athletes.

HEAD LICE

Students are not excluded from school because of known or suspected head lice or nits. The District will focus efforts on prevention education and communication regarding treatment with parents/caregivers. The District encourages prompt treatment for students who are impacted. Please refer to the lice page on this site.

IMPETIGO

This is a contagious skin infection characterized by sores covered with a brownish/yellowish crust. The student must remain home and may return 24 hours after treatment with a note from his/her doctor. Keep lesions covered while in school if possible.

NOSEBLEEDS

Parents will be called to pick up their child if the nosebleed lasts for more than 20 minutes.

SCHOOL INJURIES

The health office will assess the injury and administer first aid. No notification is necessary for students with minor injuries. Other injuries will be treated and, depending on the nature and status, the parents will be notified by a note or phone call.

STREP THROAT

Student may return 24 hours after antibiotics are started, if able to participate in class, and is fever free.

VOMITING

Student should remain at home if he/she vomited within the past 24 hours until resolved, unless the vomiting is determined to be caused by a non-infectious condition and the child remains adequately hydrated.

Should I keep my child home?

If you answer yes to any of the following questions, your child should remain at home for the day and you should consider seeking medical attention:

    • Does your child have a fever of 100 degrees or higher?
    • Has your child vomited in a 24-hour period due to illness?
    • Does your child have diarrhea?
    • Are your child's eyes crusty, bright red, and/or discharging yellow or green fluid (pink eye)?
    • If your child complains of a sore throat, it is accompanied by fever, headache, diarrhea, lethargy, sharp pain, and/or hard belly?
    • Does your child have a persistent, phlegmy cough?

Please keep your child home until he or she has been symptom free for at least 24 hours or until the doctor indicates that your child can return to school.

If your child has a cold, headache, or stomachache that is not accompanied by a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea, they can attend school, but please consider how their concentration and work production will be impacted.