Below is a list of common childhood illnesses and conditions and the parameters for exclusion from and return to school. The school will follow Webster Central School District (WCSD) Regulation 5151: Infectious, Contagious or Communicable Diseases, utilizing guidelines from the Monroe County Department of Public Health and the district physician, even if a student's physician states that the child may return to school earlier.
Chicken Pox – Student may return after lesions are scabbed over, which takes approximately 5-7 days.
Conjunctivitis - Student should be evaluated by a healthcare provider when student is too ill to learn, has significant irritation or pain, reduced vision, light sensitivity and/or redness, swelling or lesions on the eyelid. If evaluated by a physician and prescribed medication, student may return to school once medication has been started.
Emesis - If cause of vomiting is determined to be from illness, student should be sent home. If no fever develops, student may return the following day if feeling well.
Fever – If temperature is greater than 100.4 orally, student will be sent home. Student must be fever free without assistance from fever-reducing medication for 24 hrs.
Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease - If suspected, student must be seen by a medical provider. A note from the provider stating when student can return to school is required. This is usually when student is fever free for 24 hours without assistance from fever-reducing medication and sores are gone or scabbed.
Impetigo – If lesions are small and on an exposed surface (face, arm), the nurse will cover area and contact parent to schedule a same-day medical appointment. Student can stay in school if area is able to be covered until treated or evaluated by a medical provider. If student has multiple lesions that are weeping and/or are unable to be covered, the student will need to be sent home and may not return to school until evaluated by a medical provider. Student may return after 24 hours of oral and/or topical treatment. Swimming is not allowed until area is healed. If student is on the wrestling team, see sport guidelines and notify coach. Athlete must have a medical clearance to return to wrestling.
Lice - Student will be sent home if lice or nits (eggs) are identified. The student may not ride the bus or attend school until cleared by the nurse. The student must be accompanied by a parent/guardian to school after treatment and report directly to the nurse for screening. If no nits/lice are identified, the student may remain in school. Students are rechecked at days 7, 10, 14, 21, and 30 after initial clearance. If nits or lice are identified at any time during this process, the student will be sent home and the protocol begins again.
Mononucleosis – Student may return when fever free without assistance from fever-reducing medication for 24 hours and feels well enough. If student has activity restrictions, the medical note should be submitted to the student's health office.
Pinworm – No exclusion is required.
Rashes – If rash is generalized and cannot be connected to allergy, medications or contact dermatitis, student may need to be sent home to be evaluated by a medical provider to determine contagiousness. If Fifths Disease is suspected (slapped cheek pattern), student is not contagious once the rash is present. If the student otherwise feels fine, he/she may remain in school.
Ringworm - Student will be referred for medical evaluation and excluded from school until treatment has started. A note from the provider stating when the student may return to school is required. The lesion must be covered by clothing, gauze, or dressing when the student is in school until all signs of infection are gone. No swimming until area is healed completely. No community showers are allowed as towels can be mode of transmission. If student is on the wrestling team, see sport guidelines and notify coach. Athlete must have a medical clearance to return to wrestling. Lesions on head normally require oral antibiotics.
Shingles - Area must be covered and student may return to school if fever free for 24 hours without assistance from fever-reducing medication. No swimming until area is healed. If student is on the wrestling team see sport guidelines and notify coach. Athlete must have a medical clearance to return to wrestling.
Strep Throat – Not all sore throats are strep throat. The only way to determine is by throat culture. Student will be sent home if temperature is greater than 100.4 orally and/or if strep throat is strongly suspected y the school nurse. If throat culture is negative (rapid test included), student may return to school if fever free for 24 hours without assistance from fever-reducing medication. If culture is positive, student must receive at least 24 hours of antibiotics, be fever free without the assisance of fever-reducing medication and feel better before returnignto school. Please notify the school nurse if your child has strep throat.
Whooping Cough - Student must be treated with antibiotics for 5 days before returning to school.
Please contact the school health office with any further questions or concerns.
Stopping the Spread of Germs
Flu and the Flu Vaccine
The Flu: A Guide for Parents
Staying Healthy in Schools
CDC Lice Information
Webster Flu Shot Clinics
District Employees and their Families (age 18 years and older)
District Families of Students and Staff (age 18 years and older)