Report an Absence

Students should stay home if they have any illness that prevents the child from participating comfortably in school activities or require more care than the school can provide without compromising the health and safety of other children.

When to Stay Home

Students must stay at home if they have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher during the previous 24 hours
  • Difficulty breathing or a persistent cough
  • Three or more loose stools or stool that contains blood or mucus
  • Vomiting two or more times during the previous 24 hours, unless the vomiting is caused by a non-communicable condition (such as a sensitive gag reflex) and there is no danger of dehydration
  • Mouth sores that cause excessive drooling
  • 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 after 24 hours of antibiotic treatment
  • Decreased activity level or excessive tiredness
  • Irritability or persistent crying

How to Report an Absence

To report an absence, please call the attendance line of the student’s school (below) and provide:

  1. The student’s name
  2. If elementary, the student’s teacher
  3. The reason for missing school
  4. Indicate if the student has any of the following:
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • The recent loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  5. If reporting symptoms associated with COVID-19:
    • Date of symptom onset
    • Whether student had contact with a positive case of COVID-19 within the last 10 days
    • Test result or plan for testing; test results may be sent to


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
Spanish speakers (all schools) (630) 937-8903


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

  • COVID-19 is contagious up to 10 days following the onset of symptoms.  Students returning to school after isolation during the contagious period must wear a face mask.
  • 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 (until properly treated and the health department confirms that they are no longer contagious)
  • Measles, mumps, pertussis
  • E. coli and shigella infections (until diarrhea resolves and two stool cultures don’t show infection)

Children do not need to be excluded if they have:

  • A mild upper respiratory tract infection, even if associated with green or yellow nasal discharge, unless the child has a fever or any other symptoms described above
  • Fifth disease (parvovirus B19 infection) as they are no longer contagious
  • Warts or ringworm (infected area must be covered with a bandage)