Student Health Regulations


During each school year, the Progressive Education Program has, as do all other schools, many students who have colds or other minor illnesses that can be quite contagious. Unlike other schools, PEP has a large number of students who are highly susceptible to infectious illnesses or who have fragile medical conditions that could create dangerous, even life threatening, situations if they contract even minor illnesses. For these students, the best possible treatment is that they not be exposed at all. We ask that you please be considerate when your child is sick and that you cooperate with the following general guidelines.

Any student of PEP is required to be kept out of school for at least 24 hours after a fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or severe cough or cold symptoms have ceased. If your child exhibits these or other symptoms of contagious or communicable illnesses while at school (see guidelines below), we will call you and request that you come and pick your child up.


  1. Temperature 101° or higher (keep at home until fever-free for 24 hours).

  2. Rash with fever or behavior change (until seen by a doctor).

  3. Illness that prevents the child from participating comfortably in program activities.

  4. Difficulty breathing or other signs of serious illness.

  5. Diarrhea that cannot be contained or has blood/mucus in it (keep at home until

    diarrhea-free for 24 hours).

  6. Vomiting two or more times in previous 24 hours.

  7. Pink eye with white or yellow discharge (until seen by a doctor and 24 hours after 1st dose of medication, if prescribed).

  8. Strep throat (until 24 hours after antibiotics have been started).

  9. Head lice (until treated and cleared by school nurse).

  10. Scabies (until after treatment is complete).

  11. Chicken pox (until the sixth or seventh day of onset of the rash or sooner if all sores are covered over and dry).

  12. Flu-like symptoms that include fever (over 101°), feverishness and chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle pain, fatigue, or vomiting and diarrhea.

  13. Impetigo (until 24 hours after antibiotics have been started).