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When Students Should Stay Home




Spartanburg School District 6 follows the DHEC School Exclusion guidelines for school attendance. There are times when a student should not be in attendance at school for his/her own welfare and for the protection of other students. Students should remain home or may be sent home from school if they have any of the following symptoms:


  •              Fever, a temperature of 100 degrees or higher. A student must be fever-free, without fever-reducing    medications, for 24 hours before returning to school.
  •              Flu symptoms
  •              A cold in the contagious stage. (Severe nasal discharge that is not clear in color)
  •              Any communicable disease (chicken pox, measles, etc.)
  •              Undiagnosed rash or skin eruptions.
  •               Vomiting or diarrhea 
  •               Untreated head lice or scabies. District Six follows a “no nit” procedure for students returning to  school after diagnosis of head lice. Students must be checked by the school nurse on return to school and be lice and nit free.
  •               Students with a diagnosis of strep throat must be on antibiotics for 24 hours and be fever free before returning to school.
  •              Students with conjunctivitis (pink eye) must be sent home and may return once on antibiotic eye drops for 24 hours and without discharge from the eye.
  •              Students with suspected MRSA (staph infection) must be referred to a physician for treatment. The student may return with physician permission, on antibiotic treatment for at least 24 hours, without drainage, and with the wound covered.


Daily Covid-19 Symptom Protocol Check 


If your child has any one of the following symptoms, he/she may not attend school

  • Temperature equal to 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher; OR
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (or, for students with a chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their breathing from baseline); OR
  • Loss of taste or smell; OR
  • New or worsening cough (or, for students with a chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change from baseline)


If your child has a combination of the following symptoms, he/she may not attend school...

  • Sore throat 
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain


If your child develops the above symptoms while at school, he/she will be assisted to the designated isolation room. A parent/guardian will be contacted to arrange for the student to be picked up. Please be sure that your contact information is correct in our school system.