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Welsh Valley Middle School


When to Keep Your Child at Home

It is important to maintain a healthy environment in the classroom to protect all students. The following symptoms may indicate contagious illness. Your child should be kept at home if any of these occur:

  • Fever of 100 degrees or more within the past 24 hours
  • Rash (unless determined to be non-communicable by physician)
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea within the past 24 hours
  • Yellow or green drainage from the eyes or nose
  • Excessive coughing

The student experiencing any of the contagious conditions listed below will be readmitted to school after 24-48 hours of appropriate therapy. A physician's note may be required.

  • Strep throat, scarlet fever, impetigo, ringworm, pinworm, conjunctivitis (pinkeye), staph infection (MRSA).
  • Chickenpox: May return six days after the last crop of vesicles and vesicles must be completely crusted.
  • Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and meningitis: Require a physician's note to return to school.
  • Head lice (pediculosis): Students may return when appropriately treated with a pediculocide. Your child's School Nurse is a valuable resource in the prevention and treatment of head lice. No pediculocide is 100% effective; therefore, removal of all nits is essential to prevent re-infestation. Please notify the School Nurse if your child has been treated for head lice. It is advisable for parents to check their child's hair for head lice weekly.
  • Fifth disease: Children with fifth disease are not excluded from school however parents should notify School Nurse

Please note that the district follows the recommendations and cooperates with the Montgomery County Health Department and the Pennsylvania Department of Health in matters of communicable illnesses. The Health Departments have the authority to require exclusion from school for communicable illness. The Health Departments also have the authority to exclude students who are unimmunized or partially immunized during outbreaks of communicable illness.