The Ancona School follows State Licensing and Health Department guidelines for preventing the spread of disease. We request that parents do not bring in a child who is unable to meet the demands of their daily schedule—including outdoor play— or who has exhibited signs of a contagious illness at home.
If a child exhibits symptoms of a disease, parents are requested to inform the Main Office within 24 hours. Your name and your child’s name will be kept confidential, but we will email the grade level to inform them that a case of that illness has been confirmed in their classrooms’ community.
Ancona requires that children be sent home if they have one or more of the following symptoms:
- Fever of 101 or higher
- Undiagnosed rash
- Communicable diseases that are listed on the Illinois Department of Health’s Communicable Disease Chart
- Any other symptoms that we feel need parental attention
If your child has been sent home from the Ancona School, they may not return until they have been vomit, diarrhea and fever free for at least 24 hours. If prescribed an antibiotic, the child must stay home for the first 24 hours of the treatment, unless they have written permission from their doctor saying they can return earlier.
Guidelines for Specific Illnesses
- Impetigo: a child may not return to the Ancona School until all lesions have dried and a note from the physician advises them to return.
- Chicken pox: a child may not return until all scabs are dry.
- Pink Eye: a child may not return until they have been on medication for 24 hours.
- Scabies: a child may not return until six to twelve hours after their first medical treatment.
Medication must be in the original container and clearly labeled with the child’s name, times and amounts to be given and the expiration date. Prescription medications cannot be shared between siblings.
Parents must complete annual health action plans for students with allergies, asthma, diabetes or other diagnoses that require daily or onsite medication. The parents are also required to provide the school with any medication listed on the form (EpiPens, Inhalers, etc.) Depending on the severity of an allergy, families in a particular classroom may be prohibited from sending certain foods to school with their child.