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Medical Illness Protocol



When it comes to learning, students who miss school….miss out. They miss out on opportunities to learn, build lasting friendships, and develop the skills and attitudes needed to become good citizens and valued employees. There is a very strong connection between student attendance and student performance in school. Research shows that students who attend school every day pass state tests in reading and math at much higher rates than students who attend school less than 85% of the time. Higher attendance equals higher achievement for all students.



Poor attendance disrupts the continuity of instruction. Once lost, instruction cannot be recovered. Classroom participation is an important facet of the educational process and cannot be reconstructed. A correlation exists between attendance and achievement. It is the belief of Bellevue Public Schools that all students are expected to be in attendance in school, in class, every day.




If a student becomes ill during the school day, he/she will be sent to the health office. Office personnel will follow health procedures set forth by the school nurse/health para to determine if a child should return to class or be sent home. If it is deemed necessary for a child to leave school, a parent or guardian will be contacted to come to school to pick up their child. The parent or guardian will need to sign their child out in the school office. Children need to be fever-free for 24 hours prior to returning to school. Students are not permitted to stay in the health office during the school day. Student's’ absence will be recorded as a Medical Illness (MI) in Powerschool.


(The school administration has the ultimate authority in all attendance-related matters and reserves the right for discretionary deviation from the aforementioned attendance policies.)



ILLNESS ABSENCE (calling your child in ill does not necessarily mean they will marked as Medical Illness (MI), unless .....Medical verification is provided


Medical verification means that a physician has treated an illness or injury and has verified to the attendance office that because of the illness or injury, the student was unable to attend school. Official medical notification (which includes the physician’s name, phone number, and specific dates of illness to be excused from school) must be submitted to the attendance office upon the student’s return to school within two (2) days following the absence.  Illness or injury that has not been treated by a physician is not verified. Student absence will not recorded as a Medical Illness (MI) in Powerschool unless verification is received; students will be recorded as ABSENT (ABT) or (AB) in Powerschool.

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