Illness Policy

Parents should keep their child at home and notify the school whenever their child exhibits signs of illness including temperature (over 100 degrees under the arm), vomiting or diarrhea, sore or discharging eyes or ears, severe aches, and/or sore throat. Children must be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to PUKA. Children who have been given fever-reducing medication (Tylenol, etc.) should be kept at home until fever- and medication-free for 24 hours.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has identified the following conditions as contagious. For these reasons children who exhibit symptoms of these illnesses must be kept at home for the lengths of time listed below. It is critical that these guidelines be followed fully to protect all children enrolled.

  • Fever of 100 degrees (under the arm) during the last 24 hours
  • Rash combined with a fever over 101 degrees taken orally
  • Unusual listlessness, tiredness, irritability, persistent crying, difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting 2 or more times in the past 24 hours
  • Mouth sores associated with the child’s inability to control his/her saliva
  • Rash with fever or behavior change
  • Purulent conjunctivitis/pink eye (A child may return 24 hours after treatment has been initiated)
  • Ringworm of the skin (A child may return 24 hours after treatment has been initiated)
  • Impetigo (A child may return 24 hours after treatment has been initiated)
  • Strep throat (A child may return the morning after the first treatment)
  • Scabies (A child may return the morning after the first treatment)
  • Chicken Pox (A child may return no earlier than 6 days after the onset of the rash)
  • Whooping Cough (A child may return after 5 days of antibiotic treatment)
  • Mumps (A child may return no earlier than 9 days after the onset of parotid gland swelling)
  • Measles (A child may return 4 days after the disappearance of the rash)
  • Head Lice (A child may return when free of nits)
  • Symptoms which may be indicative of any one of the serious, communicable diseases

NOTE: A child should be kept home if he/she has had within the preceding 24 hours any of the following symptoms: fever, vomiting, loose bowel movements, sore throat, rash, or other symptoms which suggest illness. Children who have been given fever-reducing medication (Tylenol, Motrin, etc) should be kept at home until fever- and medication-free for 24 hours.

If your child is not well enough to go outside, he/she should not be at school. Parents must understand PUKA does not have the staff to allow one teacher to remain with one child.