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Health Exclusion Guidelines


Exclusion/Non-Exclusion Criteria

Colds or Persistent Cough

Students need to remain home if they feel unwell, have an excessive runny nose,
excessive coughing, excessive sore throat, difficulty breathing, or are unable to participate
in routine school activities.


Exclude per current Salt Lake County Heath Department guidelines.

Diarrhea (increased number of loose, watery stools compared with the child’s normal pattern)

Students need to remain home until symptom free for 24 hours or their healthcare provider
has cleared them to return to school.

Marked Drowsiness or General Malaise

Exclude student if unable to actively participate in routine school activities. Student may
return once symptoms resolve.


  • Student will be excluded for a temperature of 100.4 degrees F or greater.
  • Student may return to school when they have been fever free (less than 100.4
    degrees F) without using fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours.


  • Exclude from school and notify parents and healthcare provider if sudden severe
    headache with vomiting or stiff neck that might indicate meningitis.
  • No exclusion for common headaches as long as it does not compromise their
    ability to participate in school activities.

Influenza (Flu) Types A & B

Exclude if the student feels unwell, has a fever, or is unable to participate in school
activities. Student may return when they are fever free for 24 hours without using fever
reducing medications.

Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)

  • Purulent Conjunctivitis
  • Non-Purulent Conjunctivitis

Exclude: Purulent Conjunctivitis defined as pink or red eye with white or yellow
discharge, often with matted eyelashes, eye pain, or redness of the eyelids or skin around
the eye.
No exclusion: Non-Purulent Conjunctivitis defined as pink eye with a clear, watery eye
discharge without fever, eye pain, or eyelid redness.

Rash with a fever

Follow fever exclusion guidelines. Student may return after a healthcare provider
determines the illness is not a communicable disease.

Sores (Any skin lesion in a weeping stage)

No exclusion required if covered and/or healthcare provider confirms the sore is
non-infectious. Student may return when the lesion can be covered or is deemed
non-infectious by a health care provider.

Strep Throat

Positive strep cases will be excluded from school until the student has received 12 hours
of antibiotic treatment, feels well enough to participate in school activities, and is fever free.


Student should stay home if they are in severe pain, doubled over, crying, screaming,
abdominal injury, diarrhea, vomiting, looks and acts ill. Student may return when symptoms
resolve. Severe abdominal pain should be evaluated by a healthcare provider.


Exclude. Student may return to school when symptom free for 24 hours.

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