Illness and Chronic Health Conditions

  • Olathe Public Schools follows the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Disease and Symptoms Exclusion Recommendations/Regulations 2024 (PDF).

    Students with the following health condition(s) shall be excluded from school:

    • Oral temperature of 100 degrees F or higher.
    • Elevated (or possibly a normal) temperature combined with any of the following: a severe cold with yellow-green nasal discharge, excessive coughing, swollen glands, or skin rash.
    • Eyes inflamed with purulent discharge; if bacterial, may remain in school once any prescribed therapy is started.
    • Influenza: For healthcare provider-diagnosed influenza, students may return to school when they have stayed home for a minimum of five days and have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. If the fever lasts for more than five days, students may return to school when they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
    • COVID-19: For more information visit our COVID Guidance webpage.
    • Drainage from ear(s)
    • Skin lesions (i.e. impetigo, ringworm and scabies) until under treatment with approved medication (consult school nurse for length of time)
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea (i.e. two or more loose stools)
    • Fainting, seizure, or general signs of listlessness
    • Questions about other communicable diseases such as fifth's disease, chickenpox, head lice, hand / foot / mouth syndrome, etc. should be directed to your child's school nurse.

    Students will be re-admitted after being fever-free (without the use of fever-reducing medication) or symptom-free for 24 hours. Students with some conditions may return to school after being treated for 24 hours with an antibiotic. Call the school nurse for specific readmission guidelines.

    Chronic Health Conditions

    • Please inform the school nurse of a chronic health condition and all emergency medications prescribed for your child. Each school has a registered nurse to provide case management and care for students with chronic (diabetes, asthma) and acute (concussion, broken bones) health conditions requiring treatment or accommodation during school.
    • In accordance with HB2008, injectable epinephrine (Epi-Pen) will be stored and available for use in the presence of potential anaphylaxis (life-threatening allergic reaction). Use of an Epi-Pen requires an immediate call to 911 and lawful custodians. Parents of students with a known history of potential for a serious allergic reaction are advised to visit with their physician regarding the need for student-specific medication. Refer to the Medication Policies section for procedures to follow in order to allow a student to self-carry emergency allergy or asthma medication.