Student Illness

Guidelines to Follow When Your Child is Sick

For COVID-19 information see MSDLT's Re-Entry Plan 20-21

The clinic will follow guidelines concerning communicable diseases by the Indiana State Department of Health or accepted guidelines by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Healthy children perform at their best. After any illness, your child should be fever free (temp < 100) for twenty-four (24) hours before returning to school. Not all contagious illnesses are accompanied by fever; therefore, the child must also be symptom free for twenty-four (24) hours before returning to school in order to protect others from infection. (Symptom free would include fever, vomiting and diarrhea free for 24 hours.)


Studies show that children who wash their hands at least 4 times a day experience 24% fewer sick days from cold and flu.  An FDA study reveals that proper handwashing can stop 1/2 of all food borne illness such as E Coli and salmonella.  The CDC released a report showing that handwashing nearly halved the incidence of pneumonia-related infections in children under 5 years old. Handwashing is our best defense against illnesses!


State Required Communicable Disease Letters

Meningitis Parent Letter


Communicable Disease Reference Guide for Schools

Wondering why your student is not allowed to come to school with strep throat until 24 hours after starting antibiotics? What exactly is Shigellosis?

Find the answers to these questions and more by checking out the Indiana State Department of Health's Communicable Disease Reference Guide for Schools.  All decisions made about student exclusion due to illness are made with reference to this guide. If you have any other questions please contact your school nurse.

Communicable Disease Reference Guide