What is the policy on when I need to keep my kids home when they are sick?
Olathe Public Schools follows exclusion recommendations published by the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) regarding how long to keep children home when they are sick. The one-page document is available on the health department's website. According to the recommendations, students with a fever are to stay home until fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. Similarly, students should be free of vomiting and diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school. School nurses err on the side of caution when illness is prevalent in the community, such as during flu season or when a stomach virus is circulating in our community. Our goal is to keep students at school who can be at school, and to keep students home from school during the period of illness when they are most likely to spread germs to others. Lastly, we encourage everyone to have a flu shot annually as the best measure to take to lessen the spread of flu in our schools and community.