Information compiled from CDC (Centers for Disease Control); DHSS Deciding when to keep a sick child home from school is not always easy. Regular school attendance is important. But when a child is truly sick, they need to stay home in the care of an adult to get well and to prevent spreading illness to others.The following information may help you decide when to keep your child at home. This information does not take the place of consulting a medical provider. See below for “When to contact a medical provider”.

The common cold is a contagious upper respiratory infection caused by cold viruses. Symptoms can last 7 to 14 days. A child with no fever, mild symptoms and otherwise feeling well may be fine at school.
A child with heavy cold symptoms such as deep or uncontrollable coughing or significant lack of energy belongs at home even without a fever.


The flu is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses and can cause mild to severe illness. A person with influenza can be contagious up to one week after symptoms appear. 
A child with flu-like illness (fever and cough) must stay home from school for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or signs of a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicine. A fever is defined as a temperature of 100°F or higher. If symptoms occur while at school, the student must be picked up as soon as possible to go home. Contact a medical provider with severe symptoms.



A mild hacking cough often starts after the first few days of a common cold. A child with mild symptoms, no fever and otherwise feeling well may be fine at school. WHEN TO KEEP A CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL: A child with deep or uncontrollable coughing belongs at home even without a fever. A child with a cough and fever should stay home from school for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or signs of a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicine.



WHEN TO KEEP A CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL: Vomiting or diarrhea two or more times in the previous 24 hours, unless determined to be caused by a non-communicable condition.


FEVER: Fevers are a common symptom of viral and bacterial infection. Children are likely to be contagious to others when they have a fever. 

WHEN TO KEEP A CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL: Any child with a fever of 100°F or higher should not attend school and should not return until they have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine.


IMPETIGO:is a contagious bacterial skin infection that usually begins with small fluid filled blisters that cause a honey-colored crust on skin after bursting. It is important to have these symptoms evaluated by a medical provider because untreated infection can lead to serious complications. 24 hours after starting prescribed antibiotics, impetigo is no longer contagious. 

WHEN TO KEEP A CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL: Students may attend school if drainage can be effectively kept covered and is not extensive.

PINK EYE: (Conjunctivitis) is a common infectious disease of one or both eyes caused by several types of bacteria and viruses. The eye typically appears very red and feels irritated. There may be drainage of mucus and pus or clear liquid. Prescription medication may be needed to a treat bacterial infection. Virus-caused pink eye will not need antibiotic treatment.

WHEN TO KEEP A CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL: A child with the above symptoms should be kept at home until evaluated by a medical provider and return to school with or without treatment depending on the diagnosis.


RASHES: A rash may be one of the first signs of a contagious childhood illness such as chickenpox. Rashes may cover the entire body or be in only one area and are most contagious in the early stages.
WHEN TO KEEP A CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL: Do not send a child with a rash to school until a medical provider has said it is safe to do so – especially with additional symptoms like itching, fever or appearing ill.

SORE THROAT: A child with a mild sore throat, no fever and otherwise feeling well may be fine to attend school.
WHEN TO KEEP A CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL: Keep a child at home and contact a medical provider for a severe sore throat and/or if white spots are seen in the back of the throat, with or without a fever.

STREP THROAT: A significantly sore throat could be strep throat, a contagious illness. Other symptoms may include fever, white spots in the back of the throat, headache and upset stomach. Untreated strep throat can lead to serious complications.
WHEN TO KEEP A CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL: Keep your child home from school with the above symptoms and contact a medical provider. A child diagnosed with strep throat is no longer infectious and can return to school 24 hours after antibiotic treatment has been started.


In children, emergency warning signs for flu-like illness that need urgent medical attention include:
Fast breathing or trouble breathing
Bluish or gray skin color
Not drinking enough fluids
Severe or persistent vomiting
Not waking up or interacting
Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Other reasons to contact a medical provider include but are not exclusive to:
When a child looks or acts really sick, with or without a fever
Cold symptoms for longer than 10-14 days or getting sicker or a there is a fever after the first few days
Chronic coughing; uncontrollable coughing; wheezing
Rashes; eye drainage; earache; toothache

• What is the website for the Center for Disease Control and and Prevention (CDC)

 Has anyone in Jennings Schools been quarantined? 
 Not at this time.  The health department has only asked the family of the person with COVID 19 to be quarantined.
• How many remaining flex days, traditionally used for inclement weather, do we have left?
One  day of 3/9/2020

• Updated information as of March 13, 2020 at 4 p.m.
Moving into Spring Break, we will continue to monitor the situation.
Jennings School District continues to monitor the situation and meet with surrounding school districts and health officials to remain up to date on the situation in our region and how it might impact our students, staff, and families.  
As we move into spring break on April 6th, 2020, we want to be prepared for any scenario that may occur during this time, yet remain confident and calm to ensure we make the best decisions for our students.
If traveling during spring break, please check the CDC website and report high-risk travel to your school.
If your spring break plans are taking you out of town, please reference the CDC Travelers' Health website. Although not required, in order to best serve all students, and those identified by the CDC as potentially high-risk categories including compromised immune systems, we also recommend that families and employees share their personal travel plans outside of the U.S. with their school office staff.

In an abundance of caution, we are on a STRONG DEFENSE in Jennings School District.

In the abundance of caution, Jennings School District is exercising a strong defense against the COVID 19.  Effective immediately, our strong defense in Jennings includes the following actions:
•Canceling and suspending out of state travel until further notice for student activities and events. Please review and share if you have any such activities or events 
•Requiring all staff who travel out of the country to stay home using PTO days for 14 calendar days or receive CoVID19 testing before returning to work  
•Encouraging all sick students and staff to see the school nurse or their physician and to stay home until well 
•Sanitizing, cleaning, fogging all Jennings buildings as needed on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis
•Monitoring and reducing all other actions that may cause a safety concern
•Asking for extra information and communication of staff, parents, and students to building and district administration of information regarding any exposure to COVID, airports, hospitals, and travel to high areas of risk/threat   
•Moving or canceling non-essential large scale district led events and district supported events of over 250 people in one room.  
•For instance, Jennings's participation is canceled for WE Day in Chicago.  Know that I am having discussions with each organization's leadership on a case-by-case basis in this regard, and then emails are being sent for each event.  
The Jennings Art Festival on April 2 is canceled seeing that it is a large gathering of over 250 outside guests. 
The following events are not canceled, but are being monitored:
•Parent-Teacher Conferences on March 19 and 20 - but adult and student safety restrictions are in place.
• The Gala on March 27th - we are capping it at 245 people
•Graduation on May 22nd - with SLU canceling large gatherings, we are making alternative plans 
•June 1st to 25th Extended Learning/ Summer School  - There is the consideration of a July or August summer school session if this is needed. 
The actions above are part of a strong defense against the spread of COVID 19 and other viruses.  

As this situation progresses, we will be considering the best practices for a strong offense when needed. At that time, my goal will be to have strong offensive actions that do not offend or harm everyone.  Lastly, offensive actions with the least amount of harm are a first prior.  

What are the offensive actions that we are avoiding for as long as possible?  
•School closure over 2 weeks, which may harm some students without food, shelter, adult supervision, and care. 
•No graduation event, in which there may never be another time for extended families to celebrate their student's success--a smaller graduation in the gym or commons may be necessary and is better
• Requiring quarantines of students to the point of preventing them from passing to the next grade or meeting graduation requirements.
• Requiring quarantines of staff beyond PTO days for fear of income, extending PTO through FMLA is an option
• Having too many staff absences to continue providing FAPE - a free and appropriate public education.
Know that an email and a survey will go out districtwide. It will share some of this information and share teachers and staff about 5 to 7 questions like the following:
• If you plan to travel out of country or state during Spring Break? 
• If you live with anyone who has been in a highly affected area or a college that was closed due to COVID 19?
• Do you use Google Classroom or Weebly for alternative instruction planning and purposes? and
• Share any ideas on how best to continue instruction in the event of a 2-week 
Cleaning During Spring Break and Beyond
In order for our custodial staff to complete deep cleaning, we are asking all staff to stay home during spring break on the designated cleaning day in your building. This deep cleaning is precautionary. We realize there are some instances that staff may need to visit the school. We just want to discourage extended time in the building, to best support our cleaning staff. 

Please know that all Jennings schools have been fumigated in March of 2020. Building will be fumigated with sanitized disinfectant fogging (fumigation) each 60 days through August.

General Cleaning and Sanitizing: In all Buildings
1. Daily Sanitizing Wipes:  Classroom Desks, Door Knobs, Drinking Fountains and Restrooms
2. Critical Care Spray:  2 times a week - Classroom Desks, Door Knobs, Drinking Fountains and Restrooms
3. Gym and Weight Room Items: Sanitized and Sprayed.

General Tips
Additional tips are below to help everyone keep viruses under control due during this time among students and staff who populate the buildings:
1.  Stress proper hand washing
2.  Use hand sanitizer often 
3.  Covering when coughing and sneezing
4. Discourage touching of the face unless you have just washed your hands
5. Having a teacher press the drinking fountain button at times of groups using the fountain at the same time. This will reduce the spread of germs from that surface.   

Students with Medicine on Campus
If there are any medications housed in the school nurse's office that your student would need in the unlikely event of a school closure please call or email your school’s nurse.