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Hearing Screens will be conducted soon on ALL 1st and 4th grade students. A letter home will only be received if your student fails the follow up screening by our Speech Therapist.


    1. Chicken Pox: Exclude until all lesions have formed scabs, usually 7-10 days
    2. Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye): Exclude until eyes are no longer red or draining. Students may return to school with a written statement from their physician stating that the eye redness is due to allergies. They can also return to school if they have a statement from a physician stating that they can return to school 24 hours after starting an antibiotic.
    3. Fifth Disease: Exclude only if the child has a temp over 100.0F
    4. Head Lice: Parent will be called and notified of Head Lice findings. Treatment will need to be done at home by parent.
    5. Mononucleosis: They can attend school unless prevented by the severity of the symptoms or unless they have a fever of 100.0F
    6. Ringworm: See physician for appropriate treatment. Student may remain in school.
    7. Scabies: Exclude until 24 hours after starting medication treatment.
    8. Fever: Exclude it temp is over 100.0F degrees. Student needs to be fever free for 24 hours without Tylenol or Ibuprofen before returning to school.
    9. Vomiting: Exclude if they have vomited within the last 24 hours. Student needs to be without vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Dear Parents,

    There are many reasons we ask that children stay home from school or at times we will ask you to pick up your child from school due to illness. The most common reasons are pink eye, fever, and vomiting.

    1. Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye): Students may return to school with a written note from their physician stating that the eye redness is due to allergies or if they have a note from a physician stating they are on medications to treat the pink eye and they are no longer contagious. Eye should be clear.
    2. Fever: Students will be sent home if they have a temperature over 100 degrees. Child may return to school when they have been fever free for 24 hours and they are not on medicines to keep their fever down (Tylenol and Motrin type medicines). They can return to school on antibiotics.
    3. Vomiting / Diarrhea: Students will be sent home if they have vomited or have diarrhea at school. They should not come to school until 24 hours AFTER the last time they have had vomiting or diarrhea.
    4. Uncontrolled coughing: Students should not come to school if they have a cough they cannot contain or is not controlled. Students with an uncontrolled cough will be sent home.
    5. Unidentified rashes or parasites: If a student has an unidentified rash or issues with parasites, they may be sent home until the problem is identified by a physician and they are treated and /or cleared to return to school.

    These guidelines are enforced at each level in Northwest Allen County Schools.

    These are not the only reasons a child will be sent home and it is at the nurse's professional discretion if a child needs to stay at school or be sent home. A healthy child is ready and willing to learn. Staying healthy is something to be learned so education and health are intertwined.

    Your help in keeping your child home when needed will help us keep others healthy.

    Sandy Kelty

    Corporation Nurse