PMFS Health Guidelines

Use the following health guidelines to support children in staying healthy and learning best practices for preventing the spread of common illnesses.

Help a child to remember to:

  • Wash his or her hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching his or her eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or his or her elbow
  • Dress appropriately for the cold weather with layers, jackets, scarves, hats, mittens or gloves and snow or rain boots


If a child becomes ill during the day, the school will call parents, followed by alternate emergency contacts as the situation warrants, until an authorized adult is reached. Ill children must be picked up from school.

Following an illness, children may only return to school once they have been fever-free and not vomited for 24 hours. A note from the child’s physician is needed for a child to return to school from any illness that lasts longer than three days or that is reportable to the Pennsylvania Department of Health (e.g., chicken pox, pertussis).

Guidelines for When A Child Should Stay Home

Vomiting or DiarrheaA child should remain home until 24 hours after he or she is able to eat and drink without any vomiting or diarrhea.
Fever of 100F or higherA child should remain home until he or she is fever-free for 24 hours.
CoughingA child should remain home if the cough is uncontrollable or frequent enough to interfere with his or her ability to participate fully in the school day.
Conjunctivitis (pink eye)A child should remain home until he or she has been undergoing treatment for 24 hours.
Strep ThroatA child should remain home until he or she has been on antibiotics for 24 hours.
Sore ThroatIf a child has a sore throat accompanied by a fever or unexplained rash, call the child’s healthcare provider. Most sore throats are caused by viruses which simply need time and rest for recovery. Strep throat, however, can be more serious and requires antibiotic treatment following diagnosis by a healthcare provider.

Contact the Main Office to report an absence.