Health and Immunization Information
When to Keep Your Child Home from School
As a school community we try to minimize the spread of communicable disease by encouraging frequent hand washing, and through the regular cleaning of community surfaces. Parents/guardians can also help by keeping students home if they exhibit the following symptoms:
- Abdominal (belly) pain that continues for more than 2 hours, or abdominal pain that comes and goes, along with fever or other concerning symptoms.
- COVID-19 Protocols: We are following the Oakland County Health Division guidelines. Here is the latest protocol.
- Diarrhea: Students should be kept home from school if they have two or more loose or watery stools (poop). The child should have no loose stools for 24 hours prior to returning to school. Exception: A healthcare provider has determined it is not infectious and a note is presented to the school.
- Ear or Eye Discharge: This could be a sign of a bacterial infection and should be evaluated by a healthcare professional.
- Fever: Students should be kept home from school if they have a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Children should not return to school until they have been fever-free, without medication, for at least 24 hours.
- Flu-like Symptoms: Sudden onset of fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, runny nose, mild sore throat and severe cough. Students should not return to school until they have been fever-free, without medication, for at least 24 hours.
- Head Lice: Students found to have head lice will be sent home at the end of the school day and not permitted to return to school until the first treatment is completed and all nits are gone. WLCSD is a nit free district. Please see the drop down below for more information.
- Rash: Any illness involving a rash should be evaluated by a healthcare professional.
- Severe Sore Throat: This may indicate strep throat and should be evaluated by a healthcare professional.
- Signs of severe illness: such as being unresponsive, irritable, having difficulty breathing, or having a quickly spreading rash.
- Vomiting: Students should not return to school until 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting. Exception: A healthcare provider has determined it is not infectious and a note is presented to the school.
If symptoms occur while in school, parents/guardians will be contacted and asked to arrange for the student to be taken home. Parents/guardians are expected to have their student picked up as soon as possible. A student may return to school when they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication and have not had any vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours.