Our Lady of Peace School

Illness / Attendance Guidelines

If your child is unable to attend school or will be late, please inform the main office by sending an email to: attendance@olpcrusaders.org. You may also call the office at 838-3548

Fever

Any temperature greater than 100 degrees F is considered a fever. Children must be fever-free for 24 hours without using fever reducing medications (such as Tylenol, Motrin, Advil, etc) in order to return to school. This applies even if the underlying cause of the fever is non-infectious, such as middle ear infections, bronchitis, urinary tract infections, ect. Children with a fever do not usually feel well enough to participate and attend school activities. It is recommended that they be given 24 hours to recover from the fever before returning to school. Please note that a child who exhibits symptoms of illness without a fever may be sent home if the nurse feels this is in the nest interest of the child or the child's classmates (with compromised immune systems).

Colds

Children with an upper respiratory infection without a fever may attend school if they feel well enough to do so. It is helpful in preventing the spread of illness if children learn to use tissues to cover sneezes and coughs, and wash hands after contact with the secretions.

Infections

Any child who has been on antibiotic therapy for 24 hours is no longer considered infections and may return to school. This includes infections of the eye, nose, skin and strep infections. (Exception is pink eye, not all doctors treat this, so the doctor or nurse will decide if exclusion is necessary to protect others from being contaminated.)

Diarrhea

Children with diarrhea should remain home until they are symptom free for 24 hours. The only exception is if the diarrhea is the result of a chronic condition, then a note from a doctor is needed indicating the diarrhea is not infectious.

Vomiting

A child who has vomited the evening before or in the morning before school should remain home for that day.

Medications

If your child is on medication at home but not at school, please let your school nurse know. Many medications cause unusual or undesirable side effects that can be mistaken for other problems. School personnel are not allowed to administer any medications without parent's permission and a doctor's written order. All medication must be in the original container with a current label.