Illnesses Update

Oskaloosa Community Schools: Illness Update

Dear Families,

We are currently seeing an increase in illnesses in our community and schools. We ask for your help to assist us with controlling the spread by keeping your student home if they are experiencing any of the following:

  • Fever (100.0 and above)
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Skin eruptions or suspicious rash
  • Contagious diseases
  • General illness symptoms


Please contact your child’s school office as soon as possible if your student is unable to attend school due to illness.


Students may return to school when:

  • They are fever free for at least 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medication (e.g., Tylenol, ibuprofen)
  • At least 24 hours have passed since the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea
  • 24 hours after starting antibiotics prescribed by a medical provider, and
  • Symptoms are improving and the student feels well enough to participate in normal activities.


Methods to help reduce and prevent the spread of illness include:

  • Staying home if you are sick and avoiding social gatherings
  • Frequently cleaning high-contact surfaces and objects with disinfectant
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, shirt sleeve, or elbow (NOT your hands)
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Getting adequate rest
  • Drinking adequate water to stay hydrated
  • Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet
  • Avoiding the sharing of food or drinks with others
  • Washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer: 
    • Before and after eating
    • After blowing nose
    • After touching your mouth
    • After covering your coughs/sneezes with your hand
    • If visibly dirty

Thank you for your assistance with keeping our students and staff of Oskaloosa Schools healthy through the upcoming winter months.


With Osky Pride,

Michele Christ, RN (OES) 641-673-8092

Nina Mefford, RN (OMS) 641-673-8308

Michelle Lahner, RN (OHS) 641-673-3407