Health Services

Help Us All Stay Healthy:

The district illness guidelines are followed by the nurses to ensure that kids at school are healthy and ready to learn. If you have any questions regarding sending your child to school please consult your building nurse.

  Return to school decisions for illnesses are made in consultation with our Mansfield Public Schools nursing staff and in line with best practices from the Department of Early Education and Care supported by the Massachusetts Department of Health.

When Should Your Student Stay Home?

  • Temperature over 100 degrees
  • Diagnosed communicable disease (see link)
  • Persistent cough or difficulty breathing
  • Eye infection not diagnosed by physician
  • Illness preventing child from participating comfortably in activities
  • Undiagnosed rash
  • Diarrhea which cannot be managed
  • Vomiting within the last 24 hours
  • Illness requiring respiratory treatments such as frequent nebulizer treatments
  • Eye infection not diagnosed by physician

When Can Your Student Return to School?

  • Symptoms have significantly improved and no additional symptoms have developed
  • Fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications
  • Vomit & diarrhea free for 24 hours 
  • 24 hours after starting antibiotic for diagnosed strep throat or other bacterial infection

When Should Your Student be Seen by a Physician for Symptoms?

  • Fever (persistent, returning after abating, appears later in an illness)
  • Respiratory Distress (wheezing, accessory muscle usage/retractions, nose flaring, sweating)
  • Symptoms have significantly improved and no additional symptoms have developed
  • Sore throat with fever and WITHOUT significant runny nose or cough can be a sign of strep and should be tested
  • Concern for ear infection
  • Decrease in appetite & concern for dehydration


You can find helpful tips and examples from the MA DPH here: Respiratory Virus Guidance



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