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NOTICES from Contra Costa Health Services

Guidelines for Assessing Student Health

Dear Parents:


As you know, the district only receives funding from the state on the days when students attend class.  For this reason, the district has been campaigning to increase student attendance.  However, this does not mean you should send your child to school when ill and contagious.  You may wonder at what point your child should return to school when ill.  Please refer to the following information as a guide. 


Monitor your child for illness.  A low-grade fever, complaints of sore throat or cough may be "viral" in nature, but are still contagious.  Sending your child to school when ill increases the risk for infecting other students and staff.  A child with a temperature (above 100 orally) will be sent home from school.  If your child has been out ill with a fever, please adhere to the following guidelines when deciding if your child is well enough to return to school:

  • A fever is defined as an oral temperature about 100 degrees or an axillary (armpit) temperature of 99 degrees.
  • In most mild illnesses (2-5 days in duration), the fever is lowest in the morning hours, begins to increase in the afternoon, and is at its highest in the evening.  When the child begins to recover, the temperature could be normal in the morning, but the fever may be present in the afternoon.
  • The presence of other symptoms, to a significant degree, warrants keeping your child home an additional day.  These include cough, vomiting, nasal congestion, diarrhea, and/or stomachache.
  • The instructions given by your child's MD, even when in conflict with the above guidelines, should be followed.

Thank you for your cooperation! Have a wonderful, healthy year.


Health Educators




            Nancy Sheets                    Peachy Garcia

         School Nurse                   Health Care Assistant