Lapel Elementary School

Criteria for sending home ill children


  1. Fever above 100 degrees
  2. Vomiting or diarrhea three times or more
  3. Suspicion of a communicable disease
  4. Possible/probable pinkeye
  5. Injuries for questionable fracture/break, head injury, stitches
  6. Live headlice
  • If children go home with or develop any of the above symptoms of illness, they MUST stay home the following day. Fevers must be gone for a FULL 24 HOURS without the aid of medication (Tylenol, Advil, etc.). Please keep your child home for a FULL 24 HOURS after a fever or vomiting to prevent the spread of the illness, during the contagious phase.
  • If your child is complaining of a stomach ache, but has no fever and has tried using the restroom, I usually will have them rest for approximately 15 to 20 minutes and then encourage them to return to class. Students are not allowed to use the phone unless in extreme circumstances.
  • If children are put on an antibiotic (for strep, pink eye, etc.) they must take it for a FULL 24 HOURS before returning to school. If the medicine needs to be given while at school, the appropriate papers (doctor’s note, parent’s note) need to be in place, the medicine in the original container, and brought to school by an adult. However, medicine should be GIVEN AT HOME whenever possible.

Please remember, that I must have permission in writing to be able to dispense any kind of medication, including Tylenol, Advil, etc. Cough drops and chapstick may be kept in bookbags, as well as skin lotion.


Please be sure to let the office know where you may be contacted in case your child becomes ill at school.

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