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Exclusion from School

MCA’s guidelines regarding illness and when to stay home from school. This is not an exhaustive list, but these are the more common diseases that require medical treatment and exclusion from school.

Students should not attend school if the following are present:

  • Difficulty breathing including uncontrolled coughing and/or requiring breathing treatments every 2 hours or more frequently.
  • Diarrhea (3 or more episodes of loose stools in 24 hours). An individual must be diarrhea free for 24 hours without the use of diarrhea suppressing medications prior to returning to school.
  •  Vomiting, unless a physician feels the cause of vomiting is not an infectious disease and the individual is in no danger of becoming dehydrated, this must be accompanied with a physician note. Students must be symptom free for 24 hours witout medication before returning to school.
  •  Temperature of 100 degrees or above. An individual must have a temperature below 100 degrees for 24 hours before returning to school without taking a fever reducing medication.
  •  Questionable rash until a physician has determined the rash is not caused by an infectious disease.
  • “Pink eye”- Red or pink eye with thick discharge.
  • Head lice until after the first treatment.
  • Strep throat or other streptococcal infection, until 24 hours after starting antibiotics and fever free for 24 hours.
  •  Known communicable disease must be treated for the appropriate amount of time as directed by a physician.
  • Recommendation of a physician or school nurse.
  • Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be excluded from school until at least 5 days have passed since their symptom onset.


Please note: Parents must provide a completed Medication Request Form to the school nurse before the nurse can administer any oral nonprescription medication such as Tylenol, Advil, Benadryl, and Tums while at school. Review the medication policy guidelines