MIR Illness Policy

California State law requires that MIR shall be responsible for ensuring that children with obvious symptoms of illness do not attend school. Obvious symptoms include: productive cough, runny nose, sneezing, fever, rash, eye inflammation, vomiting, diarrhea, or sore throat.

We cannot admit your child to school if one or more of the following exists:

  • Illness that prevents the child from participating comfortably in normal school activities, including outdoor play.
  • Illness or injury that results in a greater need for care than teachers can provide without compromising the health, safety, and supervision of the other children in the class.
  • A temperature of 99.9 (under the arm) or 100.4 (oral or in the ear) degrees or higher.
  • Symptoms and signs of possible severe illness such as lethargy, abnormal breathing, uncontrolled diarrhea, vomiting, rash with fever, mouth sores with drooling, or behavior changes that indicate severe illness.
  • A communicable disease without medical documentation to indicate that the child is no longer contagious.

Children who have had a fever must be kept out of school until they have been fever-free without the use of medication for 24 hours. This policy dramatically reduces the incidence of illness in children schoolwide. Your cooperation with this policy is appreciated. Please note: children who have been given medicine at home to control a fever will often tell their teachers at some point during the school day. You may then be called to pick up your child and asked to keep them home until they are fever-free without medication for 24 hours.

If your child will be absent from school or has any type of contagious disease, such as chicken pox, strep throat, head lice, pink eye, etc., please call the office or email attendance@mir.org. Parents of other children in the class will be notified of all communicable diseases (confidentiality will be maintained).

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