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We as school nurses try to keep our school environment as healthy as possible. We can only do this with your help. These exclusions are an effort to control the spread of communicable diseases/illnesses to both students and staff.  The following is a guide as to when to keep your child home from school.  A child who is ill or not feeling well cannot benefit from the usual school activities.  


Please call your school nurses anytime your child will be absent from school. You can find the phone numbers by clicking here.

School Related Illnesses


Vomiting/Diarrhea: Students with vomiting and /or diarrhea should not return to school until symptom-free for 24 hours. 


Strep Throat: Students need to be on antibiotic therapy for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school.


Pink Eye: (Bacterial Conjunctivitis): Students need to be on antibiotic drops for a minimum of 24 hours and have NO active drainage from the eye before returning to school.


Skin Infections: If your child has any open, draining, wounds on their skin please have them evaluated by your physician.  


Fever: Any student with a temperature of 100 degrees or more is excluded from school and shall not return until remaining fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications: Tylenol/Ibuprofen. 


The following symptoms are general indications of illness:


  • A fever of 100 degrees or higher

  • A prolonged nasal discharge accompanied by other symptoms

  • Persistent cough

  • Diarrhea

  • Headache and/or irritability



MCSSSD is following the recommendations from the Hamilton Township Health Department and the Centers for DIsease Control:


People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported- ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. 


If you have Symptoms of COVID-19, test immediately. 


If you were exposed to COVID-19 and do not have symptoms, wait at least 5 full days after your exposure before testing. If you test too early, you may be more likely to get an inaccurate result.


Positive Results

Any positive COVID-19 test means the virus was detected and you have an infection. Please notify school nurses as soon as possible.


You will need to isolate for 5 days. Day one is the first after symptoms started. Wear a  high-quality mask for 10 days to protect others from getting infected. Notify people you had recent contact with that they may have been exposed.


Negative Results

A negative COVID-19 test means the test did not detect the virus, but this doesn’t rule out that you could have an infection. 


If you have symptoms:

You may have COVID-19, but may have tested before the virus was detectable, or you may have another illness. Repeat the test in 48 hours.


If you do not have symptoms, but were exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19, you should continue to take recommended steps after exposure, such as monitoring for symptoms, testing on day 5 and wearing a mask for 10 days.


If you do not have symptoms and you have not been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19, you may return to normal activities.

Illness Exclusions​ Guidelines

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