In order to protect the health of all students and staff at school and prevent the spread of illness, the following information is provided to help parents determine when to keep a student with symptoms home from school.  If your student has symptoms at school, school personnel will evaluate the student to determine if he/she should remain in school. (CAC Title 17, 2526)

      *Please see separate guidelines for exclusion from school related to head lice.


      Keep your child home if:

      May return to school when:


      Student currently has a fever (temperature > 100.0 F) or has had a fever in the last 72 hours.

      After consultation with primary care doctor

      Runny nose

      Excessive drainage or thick, dark mucus

      Symptoms resolved or released by physician


      Persistent cough, coughing up phlegm, cough sounds like a bark or is accompanied by a sore throat or wheezing

      After consultation with primary care doctor and symptoms resolved (unless associated with a known health condition, i.e. asthma)

      Sore Throat

      Sore throat with tender, swollen glands or fever

      Symptoms resolved or released by a physician. If strep throat, 24 hours after antibiotic has been started

      Nausea, Vomiting or Diarrhea

      Two or more episodes of vomiting or diarrhea, or has had one in the past 24 hours and feels tired or ill

      After consultation with primary care doctor and symptom free for 24 hours


      If the rash blisters, develops pus, or is uncomfortable, accompanied by fever, behavioral change, or suspicious for communicable disease (chicken pox, measles)

      When released by physician

      Eyes with redness, itching, pain, swelling or discharge

      Pink or red conjunctiva with white or yellow eye drainage

      Symptoms resolved or released by physician. After treatment has begun if diagnosis is bacterial conjunctivitis. 


      Students who are ill need to remain at home to promote recovery and help prevent the spread of communicable disease.  Students with fever (temperature above 100 degrees) need to remain at home until fever-free for 72 hours without fever-reducing medications.  Students returning after contagious conditions such as chickenpox and pediculosis (head lice) must be admitted through the health office.  

      LVUSD Health Office Protocols

      Illness or Injury at School
      If a child becomes ill at school, parents will be notified immediately. If parents cannot be reached, another adult designated on the student's emergency card will be asked to pick up the child.

      Accidents which occur at school are not the responsibility of the school. Insurance forms are made available on the LVUSD website.

      Emergency Contacts
      Please provide the school with CURRENT emergency telephone numbers (including others who will take responsibility for your child's care) so that we can contact you immediately in the event of injury or illness. These individuals must live locally, be 18 years of age, be able to pick up your child if you are unavailable and MUST show a valid ID.

      Health Clerks
      The Health Office is staffed by a Health Clerk. Health Clerks are certified in First Aid and trained in CPR. They assist with first aid or illness situations occurring at school, but are NOT licensed or trained in diagnosis. Please consult your doctor for suspected illness or injuries as we are equipped to provide emergency first aid only.

      In keeping with the state mandates, screenings are conducted for all students in the following grades:

      • Vision – K, 2, 5
      • Hearing - K, 2, 5


      1. Students lacking current screening records
      2. Students being assessed for Special Education
      3. Referrals

      Parents of students not passing screenings will be notified in writing. Students may be exempted from screenings by annual written parental request.

      Students should not be sent to school if sore throat, severe cough, earache, colored (green or yellow) nasal discharge, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, undiagnosed rash or temperature of 100 or more are present. KEEP CHILD HOME UNTIL FEVER-FREE FOR AT LEAST 72 HOURS.

      Students are NOT permitted to possess their own medications. Medications should be given at home. Ask your doctor if a prescribed medicine can be given after school hours, rather than bringing medicine to school. If medications (prescription OR over-the-counter) must be given at school, they will be accepted only after a "Medication During School Hours" form is completed BY BOTH PHYSICIAN AND PARENT (CLICK HERE for form or it is available in the health office) and medication is in a properly labeled pharmacy container (over-the-counter medications in original container-NOT plastic bags or envelopes).

      Cast, Crutches, Sutures, or Medical appliance
      Students returning to school after an accident or illness requiring a cast, crutches, sutures or medical appliances (ex: ace bandages) need to bring a written release (CLICK HERE for form), signed by both physician and parent, to the health office before returning to class.

      Lice and Chickenpox
      Students returning after contagious conditions such as chickenpox and pediculosis must be admitted through the health office. Students returning after treatment for pediculosis must be nit-free. See head lice documents HERE.

      Outdoor Education:
      Our 5th graders go to Outdoor Education in the spring. Packets are sent home in January.  All medication forms must be signed by parent and physician. Include the dosage and frequency, specified by the physician. We want all of our children to have an unforgettable experience. If you have any questions please call the Health Clerk from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm Monday through Friday.