Policies & FAQ
Sick Child Policy

We all want our children to be healthy! For the health and safety of all, children MUST stay home if they have:

  • severe colds
  • green nasal discharge
  • a persistent cough (unless a doctor has sent a note saying the cough is not contagious)
  • A contagious illness

Below is the SSDS policy for returning to school following a few of the more common contagious illnesses.

  • If a child is vomiting, the child can return to school only after 24 hours have passed since the last incident of vomiting
  • If a child has diarrhea, the child can return to school only after 24 hours have passed since the last incident of diarrhea
  • If a child has Pink Eye, also known as Conjunctivitis. the child can return to school 24 hours after starting antibiotic drops, or later at the advice of the doctor
  • If a child has Head Lice, the child can return to school 48 hours after being treated, once the child is Lice and nit free.
  • If a child has a fever, the child can return to school after being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication
  • If a child has Strep Throat, the child can return to school 24 hours after starting an antibiotic, so long as they are fever free
  • If a child has the Flu, the child can return to school upon receiving a note from the doctor stating that the child is no longer contagious


SSDS staff follows regulations set forth by the State of Maryland that are intended to prevent the spread of illnesses. When monitoring a child’s potential illness, SSDS:

  • Uses a digital ear thermometer on children suspected of having a fever. Any reading above 99.8 is considered a fever and requires parent notification.
  • Notifies parent or other designated person when signs of illness or fever are observed. Every family is required to provide telephone numbers where a parent or other responsible person can be reached at any time during the school day. If there is no answer at the primary emergency number (home or office) and spouse’s office, staff will begin calling the alternative emergency numbers provided on the emergency contact list.
  • Contact parents or designated individual to pick-up their ill child within 30 minutes of notification (one hour if traveling from an out-of-state office). SSDS does not have the staff or the space to provide a separate waiting area for sick children. Staff will attempt to keep ill children separated from the other children in the classroom, or bring them to the Administrative Office.
  • Receive a written note from parent or physician after an absence of three or more days stating that the child may return to a normal schedule.
  • Report to the local health officer cases of certain communicable diseases including head lice (child must be treated and nit-free for 48 hours before returning to school), scabies, ringworm, strep throat, hand-foot-and-mouth disease, Fifth’s disease, chicken pox, impetigo, pinworm, and conjunctivitis. When certain diseases are reported in two or more children, school staff will notify the entire school community, but will not identify affected children when notifying parents. If a child has one of these diseases, then the parent is responsible for supplying SSDS a note stating that the child is no longer contagious and that a pediatrician has given permission for the child to return to school.
  • Not administer medication of any kind without a Medication Order Form. This includes cough syrup, antibacterial ointments, and other over-the-counter medicines. If medication, including prescription medication, needs to be administered during school hours, please see the Office for the required medication order forms.
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