The goal of Health Services is to help a child maintain optimal physical and emotional health so they can obtain the most from the education provided. This school district supports that goal by providing health services for the families in our schools. The Department of Health Services welcomes your family to the Jefferson City School District and offers assistance in many ways to help your students have a meaningful and happy experience.

    Please see conditions listed below that require exclusion from school until 24 hours after conditions subside without use of medication, unless otherwise stated.  This list applies to Pre-K through 12th grade. Students will be excluded from school for:

    •  Fever of 100.0 degrees or higher, students can return when fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication such as Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen.  Students returning prior to 24 hours from being fever free will be sent home.

    • Vomiting, if determined due to illness at the time of nursing triage

    • Diarrhea

    • Strep Throat

      • Following a positive throat culture, a child must be on antibiotics and without fever for 24 hours before returning to school.

    • Untreated Ringworm

    • Un-diagnosed Rashes

    • Red Inflamed Eyes / Pink Eye

      • Excluded until diagnosed to rule out Pink Eye and/or treated for 24 hours with antibiotic eye drops

    • Impetigo

    • Scabies

    • Un-diagnosed Fainting Spells

    • Chicken Pox

      • Excluded until all blisters have dried into scabs, usually by day six after the rash began

    • Common Childhood Diseases 

      • As regulated by the State of Missouri

    If you have any questions, please contact your school nurse.  Thank you

    *Students sent home ill with vomiting or diarrhea are asked to be kept at home until they are symptom-free for twenty-four (24) hours without the use of medication.  If vomiting is not related to illness, triage in the health room will determine if a student will be sent home or back to class.  Many students are sent home ill one day, return the next, and need to be sent home again because they have not recovered. We appreciate parents sharing the diagnosis and treatment of students sent to physicians so we can be alert to possible problems in other children (fever, flu, COVID-19, pink eye, strep throat, worms, etc.).


    *All medication given at school must be provided by the parent/guardian and accompanied by a signed medication administration permission form from the parent/guardian. 

    *All medication must be delivered to the school nurse in a properly labeled container from the pharmacy by parent/guardian. Students are not allowed to bring medication to school on behalf of their parent/guardian. Medication brought by students will not be given until parents come and verify the medication received and quantity. Medication will not be sent home with students. 

    *Medication for students under the age of 12 MUST be children’s strength unless a student has a current doctor’s order for adult strength.

    * Nurses must follow medication label instructions unless a written notice is received from a physician indicating a dosage change.

    * All doctor’s orders need to be reviewed and/or updated on a yearly basis.