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Illnesses, Absences and Tardiness

posted Jan 3, 2016, 6:46 AM by Julie Mayhew

You can help us to make Levy a healthy school this winter by keeping sick children at homeNot only can sick children spread their illnesses at school, but they can pick up other illnesses more easily.  

Sick children will recover better and more quickly at home.  Sometimes it’s hard to judge whether a children should come to school or not, so we offer these guidelines. Please keep children home if they have any of the following:

*A temperature above 100 degrees in the past 24 hours (or need medication to stay under 100 F)

*Vomiting or persistent diarrhea in the past 24 hours

*Severe head cold: sore throat, congestion and runny nose

*Frequent uncontrolled coughing

*Unexplained rash 

If your child has other symptoms or you are unsure about whether to keep him/her home, please feel free to call our school nurse, Mrs. Linda Allard. In general, if your child has a typical cold or mild symptoms, you can feel comfortable sending him/her to school - we will watch carefully during the day and contact you if the symptoms worsen.

Every day that a child is absent from school creates a gap in his or her learning—and there is a lot of learning going on at Levy! It is critical for all our students to be here every single day, unless they are ill (see above) or there is an emergency. 

Likewise, late arrival at school causes children to miss out on the morning conversations and activities that frame their days and support their success. Please make every effort to schedule routine appointments outside school hours, and to be sure that children are at school no later than 8:45 every morning. Children may be dropped off at school as early as 8:30.

Absences are only excused when accompanied by a doctor's note. Over the course of an entire school year,the typical child should have no more than 10 unexcused absences. 10 or more unexcused absences, and/or frequent tardiness, may result in a truancy referral. 

 If your child is going to be absent, please call the office in the morning to let us know - and if there are special circumstances surrounding your child's absences or tardiness, please contact me so that we can work together to ensure that your child's educational experience is as productive as possible this year! 

Thank you!

Julie Mayhew