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For the 2022-2023 SY, please refer to the St. Johns County School District Illness Guidelines found here: for general health concerns related to your child.

There is no longer a dedicated district COVID hotline. For all future COVID-related testing, questions, or concerns, please consult your child’s pediatrician for guidance and recommendations.

Should the pediatrician recommend your child stay home from school, please notify your child’s teacher(s) of their upcoming absence.  Upon return to school, a parent or doctor’s note must be provided to excuse the absence.

St. Johns County School District will no longer provide exposure notifications for the upcoming school year.




Link to complete the Health Care Consent so your child can be treated by our school nurse:



Medical Forms:
Medication Authorization Form
Self Carry Form





If your child uses an EpiPen or other medications, please complete the Medication Authorization Form. Remember, over-the-counter medications also require a Medical Authorization form.

We are in need of boys/girls gently used clothing for the clinic (undergarments must be new). Boys’/girls’ pants (sizes 4-7) are still needed. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Mrs. Poli at 904-547-4104 to arrange a drop off time.



Deciding when to keep your child home from school can be difficult. When a child is sick and needs to stay at home, parents should send in a note the next day. If a medical provider makes a specific diagnosis (such as strep throat, conjunctivitis or chicken pox), let school staff know.

There are several reasons to keep (exclude) sick children from school:

  1. The child does not feel well enough to participate comfortable in usual activities, such as with extreme signs of tiredness or fatigue, unexplained irritability or persistent crying.
  2. The child requires more care than the school staff is able to provide without effecting the health and safety of the other children.
  3. The illness is on the list of symptoms or illness for which exclusion is recommended.
  4. The child is not vaccinated due to medical or religious reasons and there is an outbreak in the school.

The following list gives guidelines and recommendations for exclusion from school due to illness. Children with minor illness need not be excluded unless one or more of the following exists.


Chicken Pox



YesUntil blisters have dried and crusted (usually 6 days).


Conjunctivitis (pink eye)

(pink or red eyes with thick mucous or pus draining from the eye)


YesMay return 24 hours after treatment begins. If your help provider decides not to treat your child, a note is needed.



(severe, uncontrolled coughing or wheezing, rapid or difficulty in breathing)



Yes – Medical attention may be necessary.

NOTE: Children with asthma may be cared for in school with a written health care plan and authorization for medication/treatment.


Coxsackie Virus

(Hand, foot and mouth disease)



NoMay attend if able to participate in school activities, unless the child has cough sores and is drooling.



(frequent, loose or watery stools not caused by diet or medication)


Yes – if child looks or acts ill; diarrhea with vomiting; diarrhea that is not contained in the toilet, (children in diapers should be excluded)


Fever with behavior changes or illness

Fever is an elevation of body temperature above normal.



Yes – when fever is elevated above 100° and is accompanied by behavior changes or other symptoms of illness, such as fatigue, rash, sore throat, upper respiratory symptoms, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. Mustremain at home for at least 24 hours or until all symptoms subside medication free.

Fifth’s Disease No – child is no longer contagious once rash illness appears.
Head Lice Yes – May return after treatment and removal of all live lice and nits from hair.
Hepatitis A Yes – Until 1 week after onset of illness or jaundice and when able to participate in school activities.



Yes – if area is oozing and cannot be covered, e.g., mouth sores. Otherwise, may return to school.





Yes – May return 24 hours after treatment starts. Wound must be covered with dressing taped on all 4 sides.

Body Rash with fever Yes – Seek medical advice. Any rash that spreads quickly, has open, weeping wounds and/or is not healing should be evaluated. May return to school when medical provider determines that illness is not communicable.
Mild Cold Symptoms

(stuffy nose with clear drainage, sneezing, mild cough)

No – May attend if well enough to participate in school activities.
Upper Respiratory Complications

– large amount of thick nasal discharge

– extreme sleepiness

– ear pain

– fever (above 100° orally)

Yes – Seek medical advice. May return when symptoms are improved.


Ringworm Yes – May return after treatment begins. Area should be covered while in school for the first 48 hours of treatment.
Roseola No – Unless child cannot participate in usual activities and has fever.
Scabies Yes – May return after treatment is started with note from medical provider.
Strep Throat Yes – May return after 24 hours of antibiotic treatment and no fever for 24 hours.
Vaccine Preventable Diseases

(mumps, measles, whooping cough)

Yes – Until judged not infectious by a medical provider. Report all cases to Health Services Coordinator.

(2 or more episodes in the past 24 hrs)

Yes – until vomiting resolves or health care provider determines that cause is not communicable.

Note: Observe for other signs of illness and for dehydration.


Handout developed by The Children’s Hospital School Health Program, Denver, CO (303) 281-2790, 1995, revised 1999, 2001, 2003. Revised 2012, for use by St. Johns County School Health Services, St. Johns County, FL.



– American Academy of Pediatrics, American Public Health Association, National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care, Caring for our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards, Second Edition, Elk Grove, IL 2002

– Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ABC’s for Safe and Health Child Care. A Handbook for Child Care Providers. Atlanta, GA. U.S. Department of Commerce; 1996

– Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Communicable Disease Epidemiology Program, Infectious Disease in Child Care Settings; Guidelines for Child Care Providers, Denver, CO., December 2002

– Kendrick AS, Kaufman R., Messenger KP, Eds. Healthy Young Children: A Manual for Programs. Washington, D.C. National Association for the Education of Young Children; 2002