Illness & Absence

Illness & Absence

 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 can also help by keeping their students home if they exhibit the following symptoms:

Fever: Children should be kept home from school if they have a temperature of 100 degrees or above (orally). Children should not return to school until they have been fever free, without medication, for at least 24 hours.

Vomiting: In general, children should not return to school until 24 hours after last episode of vomiting.

Diarrhea: If a child has had 2 or more episodes of diarrhea within a 24-hour period, he/she should stay home for at least 24 hours after the last episode of loose stools.

Rash: Any fine red or blotchy rash on the face, trunk, arms or legs is reason to send a child home or keep them home from school.  Exclude from school until the rash subsides or until a healthcare provider has determined it is not infectious.

Ear or eye discharge: This could be a sign of a bacterial infection and should be evaluated by a healthcare provider. 

Flu-Like Symptoms: Sudden onset of fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, runny nose, mild sore throat and severe cough.

When Should a Child be Kept Home or Sent Home from School for Illness?

Any student exhibiting any of these symptoms while at school will be sent home based on the guidelines established by the Washtenaw County Health Department.

Parents are required to report illness to the school office when a child is absent.  Please report symptoms, especially respiratory concerns, fever, and vomiting as well as any confirmed diagnosis (Strep throat, pink eye, impetigo, etc.) to the office. This information will help us know when to notify other families about illness and also helps us track illness trends in our county.

Please contact WISD district nurse for more information or questions.


DHS is located at High Point School
1735 S. Wagner Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48106 - Tel: 734 994 8100 x 1619 - Fax: 734 994-2341