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District Wide Broadcast Message

Ontario School District

When should I keep my child home?

Students should be kept home from school if they exhibit:
  • Fever greater than 100.5 -- may return after fever is resolved for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.
  • Vomiting -- more than twice in 24 hours unless determined to be from a non-communicable condition.
  • Stiff neck or headache with fever
  • Rash new with or without fever -- may return when symptoms are resolved or diagnosis has been made and clearance given.
  • Unusual behavior change, such as irritability, lethargy, or somnolence.
  • Jaundice (yellow color or skin or eyes).
  • Diarrhea (3 watery or loose stools in one day with or without fever).
  • Skin lesions that are “weepy” (fluid or pus-filled).
  • Colored drainage from eyes -- may return after diagnosis is made and clearance is given.
  • Brown/green drainage from nose with fever of greater than 100.5 F
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; serious, sustained cough.
  • Symptoms or complaints that prevent the student from participating in his/her usual school activities, or student requires more care than the school staff can safely provide.
Only a licensed health care provider can determine a diagnosis and/or prescribe treatment and provide instructions regarding the student’s return to school.