Saint Thomas' Episcopal School

Illness Policy

In Case of Illness:

The school informs parents immediately of all major outbreaks of diseases. Students who show symptoms of a communicable disease will be sent home. If your child is diagnosed with one of the following diseases, please notify the nurse’s office:

  • Chickenpox
  • Conjunctivitis (pinkeye)
  • COVID-19
  • Fifth’s Disease
  • Impetigo
  • Influenza (Flu)
  • Lice
  • Measles
  • Mononucleosis
  • Mumps
  • Scarlet Fever
  • Strep

Students with the following symptoms should not come to school and will be sent home:

  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher
  • Fever with rash
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea in the 12 hours before school starts in the morning
  • Suspicion of communicable disease

Students may be re-admitted to school after an illness when they meet the following criteria:

  • Fever free for 24 hours without medication (e.g., Tylenol, Motrin, Advil, etc.)
  • 24 hours after beginning antibiotic therapy (for strep, scarlet fever, impetigo)
  • One medicated shampoo treatment (lice)
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea have not reoccurred in the 12 hours before school starts in the morning.
  • COVID-19 protocols have been met (see below)

Students/faculty with confirmed COVID-19 may return to school when they have met all of the following criteria:

  • At least 24 hours without fever (without taking fever-reducing medication)  
  • Improvement of symptoms
  • 5 days have passed since symptoms first appeared 

**If the individual tests positive and is asymptomatic, he or she may return after five days have passed since a positive test.