Please make every effort to contact the school as soon as possible when you have decided to keep your child home from school.  When calling to report your child absent, it is very important for the school to know what type of illness you child is experiencing.  This information helps the school nurse with monitoring cases of chickenpox, strep throat, pneumonia, fifth’s disease, head lice, rashes, etc.

School Phone Numbers:

Central Aroostook Junior/Senior High School: 425-2811
Fort Street Elementary: 429-8514

Guidelines for Keeping Students Home From School

It is every parent/guardian’s responsibility to help us keep our school environment and pupil population as healthy as possible.  Many of our students have chronic health conditions which may be adversely affected by exposure to viral or bacterial illnesses.  For everyone’s well-being, we recommend that students not attend school if they have the following symptoms:

  • an actively runny nose (greenish/yellow mucus)
  • a persistent, uncontrolled cough
  • a rash of unknown origin
  • an elevated temperature (greater than 100 degrees)
  • an untreated earache
  • vomiting within the last 24 hours
  • itching, reddened, weepy eyes

PLEASE NOTE: If your child has a contagious bacterial infection such as strep throat, pneumonia, staphylococcus skin infections and/or conjunctivitis, it is highly recommended that he/she stay home from school for 24 to 48 hours after starting antibiotic medication (at least three doses). Children with chickenpox must stay home from school approximately six days after the last erupted chickenpox or until all the pox are scabbed over and healing.  Information on infectious childhood diseases is available through the National Center For Infectious Disesases at:
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/disease/children/disease.htm