School attendance is important for effective learning and academic development. Most children, unless they have a specific medical problem, should only miss a few days of school a year. It is important to notify the school nurse if your child suffers from a medical problem, particularly if it will impede his/her school performance or attendance. Absences should be reported to the Attendance Office. Communicable diseases and hospitalizations should also be reported to the nurse.
Most school-age illness is secondary to viral infection and not life threatening unless the child is immunologically compromised. If your child has a fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, or is experiencing vomiting or diarrhea DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL for at least 24 hours. Severe pain, infections and rashes also warrant medical consultation. Purulent drainage from the eyes or ears or large wounds is indicative of infection. Over-the-counter remedies may improve their discomfort but if symptoms persist or are severe consult your physician. Children who miss more than five days of school require a doctor’s note prior to re-entering school. Recurring symptoms also warrant physician follow-up. If you have any questions feel free to contact the school nurse during working hours.
A balanced diet and adequate sleep are good health habits to teach and model for your children. The amount of sleep affects the way we feel, perform, think, learn, and remember. A balanced diet including 6-8 servings of fruits and vegetables and the basic food groups is important for growth the development.
Frequent hand washing is our first defense against disease and protects us from surface bacterial and viral infections. Our physical health is also dependent upon good mental health and functional coping skills and a positive attitude reinforce our immunological response.
A student may be excluded from school attendance if signs or symptoms of the following conditions are present:
- Upper respiratory infection, cough, sore throat
- Gastrointestinal upset evidenced by abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- Elevation of temperature
- Severe pain (including injury)
- Rash or skin eruption (until diagnosis), including impetigo
- Head or body lice
- Ringworm of scalp (tinea capitis)
- Eye infections
- Infectious mononucleosis
Please notify the school nurse and/or counselor when your child has been hospitalized. Most hospitals have tutors available but it remains the parents’ responsibility to coordinate between the school and hospital. A doctor’s note is required allowing the student’s return to school.
For further information regarding Homebound/Hospital Instruction refer to the Township High School District 214 Student and Parent Handbook.
According to the State of Illinois, anyone who misses 5% (9.25 school days) of the school year, whether excused or unexcused, is considered a chronic truant. Excessive absences, defined as 10 or more days, will result in parent/legal guardian contact by the dean and/or counselor. Students who accumulate 10 or more days of absences, whether excused or unexcused, will be listed as unauthorized. In order to have an absence classified as excused after 10 days of absence in a semester, a doctor’s note may be required and/or a consequence may be given.
If a student is habitually absent from school and/or has been warned by the dean in regard to attendance, the dean and the school nurse may feel it is in the student’s best interest to remain at school if there are no outward signs of illness as identified by the nurse. If the parent disagrees with this procedure, they may take the child directly to the doctor and bring a doctor’s note to the Dean’s office excusing the absence.
Parents/Guardians may also obtain assistance in dealing with truancy or other problems by contacting the counselor or dean for a review of available services.
For further information regarding Absences, refer to the Township High School District 214 Student and Parent Handbook.