Sick Day School Policies


    Maclay School Sick Day Policies      

       The faculty, administration and students want to thank those of you who have been keeping your sick children home.  Keeping the sick ones at home goes a long way in keeping other children and teachers from getting sick.  

    We want to remind and clarify for you the specific guidelines used to determine when a child should stay home.  Fortunately, most minor illnesses do not require that your child be excluded from school.  However, if your child exhibits any of the following symptoms or illnesses, please follow the guidelines outlined below regarding their return to school.

    1.- FEVER over 100 degrees that may or may not be associated with other symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, cough, headache, stomach ache, eyes hurting, excessive sinus drainage and or congestion, rash or a behavior change.  Can return to school after they have been fever-free for 24 hours, unless the other symptoms are severe enough to interfere with the child's ability to concentrate in class, or if the coughing, sneezing, nose blowing is disruptive to the rest of the class. For more information on fevers, visit

    They must be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of anti-fever medications such as Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin).

    2.-- VOMITING two or more times in 24 hours unless the vomiting is determined to be a non-communicable condition and the child does not appear ill or in danger of dehydration.   

    3.--DIARRHEA or stools that contain blood or mucous.  Student can return once cleared by their physician.

    4.-- "PINKEYE" or conjunctivitis.  White or yellow eye discharge, matted eyelids, and redness of eyelids or skin surrounding the eye.  Usually requires prescription for antibiotic eyedrops to resolve. Can return when eyes are clear or with doctors permission.

    5.-- RASH with a fever or behavior change.  Can return when child's physician determines the child is noninfectious.

    6.--HEAD LICE-- Maclay School maintains a No-Nit Policy regarding school attendance during active cases of head lice.  Students can return to school once all live bugs and nits have been removed and the student has been re-admitted by the Maclay School Clinic Staff. All students returning to school following treatment for active head lice MUST BE SEEN FIRST in the Maclay School clinic before returning to their class to be re-admitted to class by the school clinic staff after a determination of no nits has been made.

    7.--STREP THROAT INFECTION--Students can return 24 hours after treatment has been initiated and when the child has been without fever for 24 hours.

    8.--CHICKENPOX---Students should stay home until the sixth day after onset of rash or when all lesions have dried and crusted.

    9.--GREEN, BROWN, OR BLOODY SINUS DRAINAGE especially when the child is unable to keep their nose wiped clean and their hands washed.  Consult a physician for treatment recommendations.

    10.--IMPETIGO--Students can return 24 hours after initiation of treatment.                  

    11.--RINGWORM --Students with ringworm-can return once treatment has been initiated.


    **Remember: The best way to minimize the spread of infection at home or at school, is to practice careful handwashing!


    If you have any questions you can contact us at the Maclay Clinic, 893-5030,or e-mail me at or stop by the clinic during school hours, 8am until 3pm.

              This information was compiled with assistance from the following resources:


    Nelson, J.  February 13, 2003.  Sickness Blankets Schools. 

    The Tallahassee Democrat, no.44, p. 1-2A. 

    American Academy of Pediatrics.  In: Peter, G., ed. 1997 Red Book: Report of the   Committee on Infectious Diseases. 24th ed. Elk Grove Village, IL.