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Communicable Disease

Below are some guidelines to help you make the decision about when to keep your child home from school. They were developed to help prevent the spread of potentially contagious disease. Home is the best place for a child who is ill. If your child is sick with a diagnosed communicable disease, please notify the school as soon as possible. This notification will greatly assist others who, due to medical reasons and/or treatments, have weakened immune systems and may require immediate and specialized care.

  • Fever (100.4* and above).  Must be fever free for 24 hours without medication before returning to school.
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea.  May return 24 hours after last episode.
  • Cough - serious or sustained and/or any shortness of breath.
  • Rash with fever.  Return after rash goes away or under advice of a doctor.
  • Skin lesions/sores.  Sores that can't be covered with a bandage or sores that are spreading.
  • Other - symptoms that prevent the student for participating fully in school or requiring more care than the school can safely provide.


Arriving to school on time and attending each day will set your child up for a positive educational experience. Outside of illness or emergency situations, we hope that all students will attend school each day. Families can help promote positive attendance by scheduling appointments after school hours or during non-school days. 

Students will be sent to the office and/or will be marked tardy if they are not in their classroom line when the bell rings at 8:00am. Our teachers work extremely hard to engage students in meaningful instruction and learning opportunities all day long and ensure that every minute counts. Students who are tardy (even a few minutes) miss the opportunity to line-up with their classmates and enter the classroom with their teacher to smoothly start their day together. Both sites provide supervision beginning at 7:30am each morning to help families with drop-off before the bell rings. If you have any questions, please call the school office at 431-3440 (HES) or 473-4449 (FMC). Thank you for your help!

Kindergarten Pick-up Procedures

Kindergarten students are dismissed at 2:15pm. If you are picking up your child, we ask that you remain outside of the main hallway until all of the students riding the bus or going to the Boys and Girls Club have left the Kindergarten building with staff. If your child is scheduled to take the bus or go to the Boys and Girls Club after school, the teacher will release the student to staff members in the hallway and they will be walked to the proper line. For the safety of our students, staff members will not release students once they have left their classrooms and joined the line in the hallway. If you have a change in schedule and are planning to pick-up your child, please call the office before 2:00pm, so that the teacher and staff are aware of the different after school plan. We will not take students off the bus after the bus has been loaded.

Emergency Contacts

Your child's emergency contact information is a critical safety item. Students will only be released to the people listed as emergency contacts. Please make sure that all contact names and phone numbers are current. If you move from your present address or change phone numbers, please let the office know immediately. Thank you!

Visiting or Volunteering

We welcome visitors and volunteers! If you wish to visit or volunteer in your child's classroom, please make arrangements ahead of time with your child's teacher. Upon arriving to the school, please report to the office, sign in the volunteer/visitor's book and obtain and wear a volunteer/visitor's tag. This complies with the site safety plan.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are needed to run the Puppy Paw store! The store will be open on Mondays from 12:00-12:45 at FMC.

Drop-off Procedure for HES Campus

We have a dedicated drop-off area directly in front of the school on First Street. We ask that if you'd prefer to walk your child to the playground, please park in designated parking areas. Most of the street in front of the school is reserved for bus loading or drop-off only. Please do not park in these loading zones. If students are dropped off at the curb, please keep your car running, so that we can keep the traffic flowing as smoothly as possible. Children arriving after the bell at 8:00 am will need to enter the school through the main front doors only. The area around the school gets extremely congested between 7:55 am and 8:05 am, so we suggest trying to arrive a bit earlier to make drop-off easier and safer!

FMC Drop-Off Procedures

If you walk your child into the campus, please use designated parking spaces and the crosswalks. If you drop off your child, please remind them to use the crosswalks. Due to the construction at Healdsburg High School, there is more traffic than usual on Monte Vista and University and we want to make sure everyone is safe.