Absence Notes and At-Home Health Checks & Protocols

Mon, 09/13/2021 - 9:30am

Absence Notes

If you need to send an absence note for your child, please send the following information to the email address:  LWESabsence@hcpss.org.  If you have a doctors note, please upload that note and include in the email. Information to include in your email:

  • Child's name
  • Date of absence
  • Reason for absence


At-Home Health Checks

Parents/guardians should keep their children home if they are experiencing symptom(s) associated with any communicable disease. For people with chronic conditions such as asthma, the symptoms should represent a change from baseline.  All students, staff and visitors should perform daily health checks and may not enter an HCPSS bus or building with ANY of the following:

  • fever of 100 degrees or higher
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • diarrhea or vomiting
  • new onset of severe headache (especially with fever), or
  • new loss of taste or smell



Students with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be sent home and should not return to school until their temperature has remained below 100 degrees for at least 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.  Students with a temperature equal to or greater than 103 degrees who are in the health room for longer than 1 hour may require emergency medical services.


Vomiting & Diarrhea
After an episode of vomiting, the student will be evaluated in the health room. If the child appears unwell, with or without a fever, the parent/guardian will be notified and the student may be sent home. That student should remain home for 24 hours after last episode of vomiting.  Students with complaints/episodes of diarrhea will be evaluated by the health room. If a child has severe diarrhea (3 or more episodes), with or without a fever, the parent/guardian will be notified and the student may be sent home. Health staff may encourage medical follow up.  Please see the links below for more detailed information and guidance when you have questions about current COVID recommendations.