Report an Absence

To report a student’s absence, please call the attendance line at your child’s school.

School Attendance Line
Alice Gustafson School (630) 937-8003
Grace McWayne School (630) 937-8103
H.C. Storm School (630) 937-8203
Hoover-Wood School (630) 937-8303
J.B. Nelson School (630) 937-8403
Louise White School (630) 937-8503
Batavia High School (630) 937-8603
Rotolo Middle School (630) 937-8703

Reporting an Absence

If you are calling to report a student absence from school or remote learning, please provide the following information:

  1. The student’s name
  2. If elementary, the student’s teacher
  3. The reason for missing school
  4. Whether the child has tested positive for COVID-19, is suspected to have COVID-19, or has been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19
  5. Indicate (yes or no) if the student has had any of the following symptoms:
    1. Cough
    2. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    3. Fatigue
    4. Muscle or body aches
    5. Headache
    6. The recent loss of taste or smell
    7. Sore throat
    8. Congestion or runny nose
    9. Nausea or vomiting
    10. Diarrhea

When Should Your Child Stay Home From School?

Students and staff must stay home if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or illness that are not caused by a known condition in the absence of other symptoms (asthma, Crohn’s disease, migraine headaches, post intense workout, etc).  If in doubt, stay home until your healthcare provider has confirmed you are safe to return.

More Details on Staying Home from School

In normal (non-COVID) conditions, children should stay at home if they have:

  • Any illness that prevents the child from participating comfortably in school activities
  • An illness that results in a greater need for care than the school can provide without compromising the health and safety of other children
  • The presence of one or more of the following symptoms:
  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher
  • Difficulty breathing or a persistent cough
  • Three or more loose stools
  • Stool that contains blood or mucus
  • Vomiting two or more times during the previous 24 hours, unless the vomiting is determined to be caused by a non-communicable condition, and the child is not in danger of dehydration (such as a sensitive gag reflex).
  • Mouth sores that cause excessive drooling resulting in the child’s inability to control his/her own saliva.
  • Rash with fever, until a physician has determined the illness is not a communicable disease.
  • Eye infections (conjunctivitis or pink eye with drainage) until examined by a physician and determined to not be communicable or until after 24 hours of antibiotic treatment.
  • Decreased activity level or if your child appears excessively tired
  • Irritability or persistent crying

Viral infections, which usually do not need any antibiotic treatments, are contagious until after a certain period of time:

  • Chickenpox is contagious until all of the lesions have dried and are crusted over (usually six or seven days after the infection began).
  • Hepatitis A is contagious until at least one week after the infection and jaundice began.

With many bacterial infections or other health concerns, it is safe to go back to school after appropriate treatments, including:

  • Twenty four hours of antibiotic therapy for strep throat or impetigo
  • A single treatment for scabies and head lice
  • Five days of antibiotics for Pertussis infections

Other infections that may necessitate prolonged exclusion from school include:

  • Tuberculosis (children should be excluded until properly treated and the health department confirms that they are no longer contagious)
  • Measles, Mumps, Pertussis
  • E. Coli and Shingella infections (until diarrhea resolves and the child has two stool cultures that don’t show infection)

Children do not need to be excluded if:

  • They have a mild upper respiratory tract infection, even if it is associated with green or yellow nasal discharge, as long as the child does not have a fever or any of the other symptoms described above.
  • Fifth Disease (Parvovirus B19 infection), as they are no longer contagious once the rash appears
  • Warts or Ringworm (infected area must be covered with a  bandage)

This list includes exclusion criteria in accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Rules and Regulations for Control of Communicable Disease and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Please help us control the spread of illness by reminding your child to wear their mask properly and to wash their hands frequently.  Thank you for your help in this matter.