Health Information

General Child Health Guidelines

for Bartlett City Schools

If a child presents with any of the following issues, then the parent/guardian will be notified, and the child must be picked up by the parent/guardian.

Appearance/Behavior - Lethargy (unusually tired, pale, and difficult to wake), confused or irritable.  These symptoms can be sufficient reason to stay at home, if severe or unusual.

Fever - Temperature of 100.0 F or higher, then child must go home and be fever free without medication for 24 hours before returning to school.  While at home, caregivers are encouraged to ensure that the child receives adequate fluids.

Diarrhea - Two (2) or more watery stools in a 24-hour period, especially if the child acts or looks sick.  

Vomiting - Two (2) or more times within the past 24 hours, child should be kept home.  If vomiting occurs at school, child must be sent home and free of vomiting episodes for at least 24 hours.

Rash - Children with a skin rash should see a doctor, as this could be one of several infectious diseases. Heat rash and allergic reactions are not contagious, and the student may come to school if symptoms are tolerable.

Sore Throat - A minor sore throat is usually not a problem, but a severe sore throat could be more serious, even if no fever exists.  Special tests are needed to diagnosis strep throat.  If other symptoms are part of the complaint, it is advised that the child’s parent be called to pick them up because they may be contagious.

Eyes - With pink eye (conjunctivitis), you may see a white/yellow discharge, matted eyelids after sleep, or eye pain and redness.  Child should go home if suspected pink eye and treatment has not begun.  The child may return to school after 24-hour treatment of an antibiotic eye medication.

Communicable Disease - Refer to Board Policy #6008 and Shelby County Health Department guidance.

Ringworm - Ringworm is contagious, and to stop the spread of infection, timely treatment is extremely important.  Avoiding skin contact with the infected person is the best way to stop it from spreading. Ringworm can be treated simply with some over-the-counter anti fungal cream, though more severe cases may require the use of an oral anti fungal medication.  The area must be covered and treated for the student to remain in school.

Allowing your child to be in school with any of the above symptoms puts other children and staff at risk.  The intent of these guidelines is in the best interest of all and can translate into fewer missed days due to illness.  We will be proactive in maintaining a healthy environment in our schools for all of our community.

For questions contact your child’s school or the Coordinated School Health Department at 901-202-0855 Ext. 266.


 Revised January 2015


Health Facts
Bartlett City Schools is committed to providing its stakeholders with pertinent and accurate information about communicable diseases within our community. The Shelby County Health Department is a strategic partner with whom we will work to ensure that proper information and preventative measures are shared with the BCS community.

Please refer to the FAQ sheets and letter below from the Shelby County and Tennessee Health Departments regarding Enterovirus (D68) and Ebola.  

Ebola FAQ

State Health Dept.


Please refer to the following website for information regarding meningococcal disease.




For information from the Shelby County Health Department regarding measles, please refer below.




For information regarding a cold or virus, please refer below.




For information regarding the Zika Virus, please read below.


The Tennessee Department of Health and the Tennessee Department of Education are committed to preventing the spread of the Zika virus in our state, particularly given the threat this disease presents to pregnant women and their babies. To that end, they have provided several resources to share with you and local communities. 

Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for school districts in the U.S. regarding the Zika virus has recently been released and endorsed by the Tennessee Department of Health. This guidance can be found at Extensive additional information is also available on the Tennessee Department of Health website: You may also call the Shelby County Health Department at (901)222-9000 or visit their website at


Refer to the BCS policies below pertaining to communicable diseases.


 Policy # 6008

Policy # 5004

Influenza (Flu)
What is Influenza (Also Called Flu)?
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccinationeach fall.
Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.
Symptoms of Flu
Symptoms of flu include:
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle aches
  • Stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, also can occur but are more common in children than adults
Complications of Flu
Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.
How Flu Spreads
Flu viruses spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 days after becoming sick. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.
Additional Information
Additional Information can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: Further information on vaccinations may be available from your physician as well as the Shelby County Health Department (901-222-9000 or
Information retrieved from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention