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Influenza Policy

Any student with flu-like symptoms (i.e., headache, nausea/vomiting, extreme fatigue, body aches, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, cough, chills, fever greater than or equal to 101 degrees and/or difficulty breathing) should be under medical care.  Therefore, the student should go home, if possible, to avoid spreading the infection.

If the student lives within a 2 to 2-1/2 hour drive, the student should drive home or call parents or guardian if unable to drive.  Should the student live further, and/or it is not possible for the student to go home, then the Office of Student Affairs will be notified and housing arrangements will be made.  The campus nurse will notify Student Affairs of any student needing to leave campus due to flu-like symptoms.  Student Affairs will notify professors that the student is leaving due to illness.  While Student Affairs notifies the professors of the student leaving campus, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the respective professors regarding any class work.

Should the student be sent home, he/she must be free of fever, without fever medications, for 24 hours before returning to school.  If the student sees a physician who states he/she has influenza, he/she must get an “okay to return to school” note with the absent days noted.  If no physician was seen, and the student was sent home by a school official, the student must check in with the school nurse prior to returning to classes to ensure that the student is fever-free and has been fever-free for 24 hours.