When should your child stay at home?
As parents/guardians, we will all make decisions about whether or not to send our children to school if they have symptoms of an illness. Our District has developed the following guidelines for you to use while deciding whether your child should attend school or should stay home.
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 use tissues as needed and to wash their hands frequently. Thank you for your help in this matter.
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Important BPS101 Health Links
- View Immunization Requirements
- View Attendance Line Numbers for all BPS101 Schools
- CPR and AED Training from the IHSA
Illinois Department of Public Health along with the Illinois Poison Center set up a hotline for residents across the state to call if they have questions about the coronavirus. Residents in Illinois can call the hotline at 800-889-3931 or email DPH.SICK@illinois.gov.
As a reminder, below are resources federal and state public health have developed, specific for schools and campuses, that may help answer internal and external questions:
- IDPH has a Coronavirus webpage that states, “this is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available”.
- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a Coronavirus webpage that states, “this is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance.”
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situational Summary website. (Updated 2/29/2020)
Measles was documented as eliminated in the United States in 2000. However, the United States is currently experiencing a multi-state outbreak, stemming from a case in California.
- Click here for information on Measles from the CDC
- Click here for information on Measles from the Illinois Dept. of Public Health
We know you may have questions about the Ebola Virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kane County Health Department are monitoring and constantly updating their information.
- Click here for information on Ebola from the CDC
Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68)
The health and safety of the students and staff of BPS101 is our priority and in response to the outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), we’d like to share information from the CDC and Kane County Health Department.
- Click here for information on EV-D68 from the CDC
Legionnaires’ disease is caused by Legionella bacteria. Legionella bacteria can be found in both natural and manmade water systems. Natural water sources including streams, rivers, freshwater ponds, and lakes, and mud can contain the organism at low levels. A recent outbreak has caused some community concern. Learn more about Legionnaires’ Disease from the experts.