Parent and School Communication regarding Student Illness and Injury

When to Keep your Child Home from School

The Health Office works to ensure a healthy school environment. Many students and families are concerned about when students should stay home or attend school. To protect other students and staff, parents should keep children home from school when they have any of the following conditions:

  • Fever greater than 100°F in the past 24-hours (before fever reducing medications are given) or if child feels ill or is unable to participate in normal daily activities.
  • Diarrhea or vomiting within the past 24-hours.
  • Rash with fever or behavior change that is undiagnosed.
  • Untreated head lice.
  • Eye drainage or painful, itchy, reddened eyes as with pink eye (conjunctivitis).
  • Undiagnosed coughing or yellow/green mucous coming from nose or mouth.

Reporting an Absence or Injury

Please report all suspected or diagnosed illnesses to the school by using this form, Absence/Tardy, or by calling the school (612-788-9095). The Health Office must be notified when a student has a contagious condition such as chicken pox, strep throat or head lice so that appropriate measures may be taken. Parent fact sheets will be emailed to families of sick children; they contain information about when a child may return to school.

If your child has an injury requiring any adaptive equipment such as crutches, braces, splints or a wheelchair, the school must have a note from a doctor explaining the necessity and the length of time the equipment will be needed. If your child is unable to participate in physical education or recess due to injury or illness, a doctor’s note is required and the Health Office must be notified. The Health Office will notify appropriate school staff members of the situation.

Contagious Health Conditions Parent Fact Sheets:

Notifying Parents about Student Illness or Injury

The health office will contact a parent or guardian if it is decided that a student is unable to remain at school due to a possible infectious illness or an injury requiring medical attention. Individual assessment of student concerns will dictate the necessity of parental contact. Time does not permit calling parents for each Health Office visit, but priority will be given to any serious injury or illness.

Parents/guardians must pick up the child within an hour of contact by the Health Office. This is for the health and safety of the individual student and the rest of the student body. The Health Office is unable to accommodate sick students for long periods of time because this puts other students at risk.

If parents are not able to come immediately to pick up their child, emergency contacts will be notified. We ask all parents to anticipate possible delays they may experience and have a back-up plan in place in case they are not able to come within the hour. Update the Health Office with any changes to your emergency contacts. Your child will not be allowed to leave school without prior contact with an adult.

Head Injury and Concussion Guidelines

Yinghua teachers and volunteer coaches receive annual concussion ranging from possible head injury to supporting students post-concussion at school.

Here is Yinghua Academy’s official guidelines for head injuries and concussions.