Communicable & Infectious Diseases

  • The District follows the Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) “Communicable Disease Guide” for determining the control of cases, including exclusion from school. Diseases are reported to the DuPage County Health Department as mandated by the IDPH. The determination of whether the student with a communicable and chronic infectious disease shall be permitted to attend school in a regular classroom setting or participate in school activities with other students shall be made on a case by case basis by the Communicable and Chronic Infectious Disease Review Team, the student’s personal physician, and local health authorities.

    Help Control Flu Season

    Getting flu shots for the family is the best defense against the cold and flu season. Please do not send your child to school if he/she is ill. Typical influenza illness includes fever (usually 100-103 degrees F in adults, and often even higher in children) and respiratory symptoms such as cough, sore throat, and a runny or stuffy nose, as well as headache, muscle aches, and extreme fatigue.

    When Should My Child Stay Home From School?

    Fever: A child with a temperature over 100 degrees should not be in school. Your child should be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication before returning to school. (Fevers tend to go up during the day.)
    Antibiotics: If an antibiotic is ordered by your doctor, your child should be on it for at least 24 hours before returning to school. 
    Vomiting and/or Diarrhea: Any child who vomits during the night and/or before school should not come to school.
    Pain: If your child complains of pain that is persistent, contact your doctor. If your child complains of an ear ache, consult your doctor.
    Eye irritation: If your child is suspected of having pink eye or conjunctivitis, they will be sent home. It is easily spread to others.
    Rash: Do not send your child to school with a rash. A doctor needs to determine if the child can or cannot be in school and if the rash is contagious. (Please have the doctor write a note indicating what type of rash and that the child is not contagious and can return to school.)
    Cold, Cough, Sore Throat: A child who has a bad cold with coughing and runny nose should be at home with or without fever.
    Asthma: Do not send you child to school if he or she is having difficulty breathing prior to school, or taking an inhaler every 4-6 hours.