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Communicable Diseases

Communicable Diseases (Exclusion from School for Health Reasons)


To protect all children from communicable illnesses, students infected with certain diseases are NOT allowed to come to school while they are contagious.  Students should be symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to school.  Contact your campus clinic assistant if you are unsure whether or not your child should return to school.  

The guidelines below have been developed for the exclusion of students who have communicable or contagious diseases.  These regulations are in compliance with the requirements of the local health authority & Bonham ISD Administrative Guidelines.  

A student with any of the following symptoms will be excluded from school until such time as the student is free of symptoms, has been satisfactorily treated or submits a signed physician’s statement that he/she is not contagious.

  • Temperature of 100 degrees or more.  Student must be fever free for 24 hours, WITHOUT medication, before re-entry.
  • Pain and/or swelling at angle of jaw.
  • Undetermined rash over any part of the body.
  • Undiagnosed scaly patches on the body or scalp
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.  Student must be symptom free for 24 hours WITHOUT medication before re-entry. If your child has had any of these symptoms during the night he/she should NOT be sent to school the following day.
  • Red, draining eyes. – Redness of the white part of the eye, burning, itching, yellow or white matter or crusted eyelashes are the signs of pink eye or conjunctivitis.  This is very contagious.  Your child should remain at home until he/she has seen a doctor and has been on medication for 24 hours.  
  • Intense itching with signs & symptoms of secondary infection.
  • Open, draining lesionssuspected scabies, or impetigo
  • Jaundice

The clinic assistant will notify parents that the student must be excluded for medical reasons.  It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to transport the student from school to his/her home.  

For readmission, some diseases may require a statement from the student’s physician affirming that the student is NOT contagious.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s clinic assistant.  

Please remember that these are just guidelines.  I would like to stress that this is for the benefit of your child as well as other students in the class.