Exclusions from School
It is the goal of Highland Park ISD to provide an environment that is conducive to learning for all students and staff. Some communicable diseases or conditions may warrant exclusion from school to avoid exposing other students. If your student exhibits any of the following symptoms, please keep your student home until the child is free of the symptoms and has been satisfactorily treated.
- Temperature of 100 degrees or above
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea
- Persistent cough
- Open, itchy or draining lesions
- Red, itchy, draining eyes
- Untreated scabies
- Suffering from a reportable disease, as defined by the Texas Board of Health
- Undiagnosed scaly patched on the body or scalp.
- Your child must be free of fever (without Tylenol or Advil), vomiting, and/or diarrhea for 24 hours before they return to school. Also, newly prescribed antibiotics must be taken for 24 hours before returning to school.
Teachers will not allow the student to call their parents from the classroom. If your child becomes ill, you or someone designated by you will be contacted to pick up your child. It is imperative that all phone numbers be updated immediately should they change during the year.
In accordance with the Texas Department of State Health Services, a school can exclude a student from attendance who is suspected of having a communicable disease. Any child excluded for reason of communicable disease may be readmitted when: free of symptoms has been satisfactorily treated or submits a signed physician's statement that he/she is not contagious as determined by the health authority.
Hand washing (with soap and water) is an effective method of reducing exposure to many communicable illnesses. School nurses teach these precautions to our students but it is helpful for parents to emphasize these points with their children, as well.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze with the inside of your elbow.
- Avoid touching your eyes and nose.
- Wash your hands frequently for 15-20 seconds (about the same time as singing "Happy Birthday" twice).
- When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used. These can be found in supermarkets and drugstores.
See below for information regarding some common communicable diseases/illnesses.