• Communicable Disease Guidelines

    Exclusion from School for Health Reasons

    To decrease the spread of communicable illnesses, students with certain symptoms or diagnosed diseases will not be allowed to come to school while they are contagious.  Please contact your campus nurse if you are not sure whether or not your child should return to school.  LDISD Health Services utilizes recommendations from Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Texas Administrative Code and the CDC to determine these guidelines.

    Fever:

    Students with a temperature of 100º F or greater will not be allowed to attend school.  Students should stay home until fever-free for 24 hours without the use of a fever suppressing medication.

     

    Nausea/Vomiting:

    In most cases, students who vomit 2 or more times in 24 hours should not attend school.  They should stay home until they are without vomiting for 24 hours.  However, there are many reasons a child may vomit.  All students who vomit will be evaluated by the school nurse.  The judgment of the school nurse will be utilized to determine if the cause may be infectious and the need to send home and/or allow readmission. 

     

    Diarrhea: 

    Students with frequent loose stools (three or more episodes in 24 hours) should not attend school until diarrhea free for 24 hours without diarrhea suppressing medication.  The judgment of the school nurse will be utilized to determine if the cause may be infectious and the need to send home and/or allow readmission.

     

    Pinkeye (conjunctivitis):  Students with pink or red sclera will be evaluated by a school nurse.  If conjunctivitis is suspected, the student will be sent home until a doctor provides a note clearing the student to return to school or until the student is symptom free. 

     

    **In addition, LDISD will follow the exclusion criterion for any conditions listed in the most recent version of the Communicable Disease Chart and Notes for Schools and Child-Care Centers, Texas DSHS.

     

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