Health and Wellness

Madison District Public Schools encourages optimal health and wellness of our students, staff and families. We strive to support the physical and mental health of our students, create opportunities for students to increase their health literacy and provide parents with resources to access services for their child. Madison District Public Schools is committed to removing barriers and promoting healthy behaviors to last a lifetime. 

Madison District Public Schools will follow the recommendations for health and safety of our students, staff and families from the Oakland County Health Department and/or the Center for Disease Control.


Madison Early Childhood Center Social Worker Brittany Cowans

Madison Elementary Social Worker Kimberlee Sharrard kimberlee

Madison District Psychologist Maya Farhat 

Wilkinson Middle School Social Worker Brittany Cowans

Nurse Lisa Turner

Mental Health Aaron Ondra



To safeguard the well-being of all children and prevent the spread of communicable illnesses, it is imperative that students and staff diagnosed with certain diseases refrain from attending school during the contagious period. Individuals should exhibit a symptom-free status for a minimum of 24 hours before resuming school activities. If uncertain about the appropriateness of returning to school, parents should promptly contact their student's school. Similarly, staff members should communicate with their respective building administrators for guidance.

Upon receiving the information regarding the illness, the Principal or their designee, and/or the School Nurse, will inform the parent/guardian that the student must be excluded from school due to medical reasons. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to promptly transport the student from school to their home. In the event the school is unable to reach the parent/guardian, emergency contacts will be notified for the student's pickup.

For readmission to school, certain diseases may necessitate a statement from the student’s physician, affirming that the student is no longer contagious and can safely return to school. Such cases will be assessed and determined individually.

The following guidelines have been established for individuals who are unwell or diagnosed with communicable or contagious diseases. These regulations adhere to the standards set by the Oakland County Health Division, Madison Districts Administrative Guidelines, and the Madison District Board of Education.

If you or your family require additional resources or guidance, please reach out to Nurse Lisa Turner at or call 947-517-4073.



  • Temperature of 100.4 Degrees or More: Must be fever free for 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medications, before coming back to school.
  • A Sore Throat Accompanied by Fever, Headache, Chills or Stomach ache:  (a sore throat is a common symptom of many different types of illnesses, but the most contagious is strep throat, which means your child should rest at home and see a Physician). If a Physician has diagnosed Strep throat, you must remain home until you are under treatment for 24 hours, fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications and a note from a Physician with recommendations on when they may return to school.
  • Vomiting Illness Unspecified: Exclude until 24 hours from last episode.
  • Diarrhea: Must remain home until 24 hours after the last episode diarrhea and must be without the use of anti-diarrheal medication before returning to school.
  • Headache of Unknown Origin or Due to Injury:
    • Headache (of unknown origin): If the headache is accompanied by other symptoms please contact your child’s Physician to determine whether the student should remain home and provide a Physician’s note when required.
    • Headache (due to Injury): Must remain home until seen by a Physician and given clearance to return to school with Physician note.
  • Influenza/ Influenza Like Illness: Must remain home until 24 hours with no fever and without the use of fever reducing medications, and cough has subsided.
  • Norovirus (Viral Gastroenteritis): If you have been diagnosed with Norovirus- must remain home until the illness has ceased for at least 2 days. Excluded from food handling for 3 days after recovery.
  • Undiagnosed Rash/Scaly Patches Over Any Part of the Body: Must remain home until rash has disappeared or until a Physician diagnosis is obtained and a note is provided from a Physician.
  • Red, Draining Eyes/Pink Eye: Must remain home until they are seen by a Physician, treatment has started, and drainage from eye/eyes has cleared and a Physician note is provided.
  • Open, Draining Wounds or Lesions that cannot be covered: Some wounds/lesions may require a Physician. Must remain home until seen by a Physician and Physician’s recommendation when to return to school.
  • Live Head Lice or nits(eggs): If lice are detected while at school, students must be promptly picked up by a parent or guardian. The student is required to stay home until the initial treatment is completed and/or they are free of live lice and nits. Before returning, the student must undergo examination by either the school nurse or a staff member, and they may only return once there are no live lice and no nits present.
  • If Staff or your child/children exhibit any of the following COVID-19 symptoms: See Covid Policy


Head Injury

If your child has had a head injury, they may not exhibit symptoms immediately, anyone with a head injury should be closely monitored for 24-72 hours following the injury. If symptoms develop, contact our physician or go the emergency department immediately if you observe the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty thinking clearly dizziness or balance problems
  • Feeling sluggish or slow
  • Nausea or vomiting (early on)
  • Seizures, any part of body jerking/twitching
  • Feeling tired, no energy
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering new information
  • Sleeping more or less than normal
  • Headache
  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Fuzzy or blurry vision
  • Loss of vision or unequal pupil size
  • Bleeding or discharge from ears, nose, or mouth

When Heads Collide…What’s Next?

A child can have a concussion without losing consciousness. After a concussion, less than 5%* of children lose consciousness or are “knocked out” for a short period of time. Every child is different, and some symptoms are more prevalent than others. That’s why it’s very important to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion, so that you can determine whether advanced treatment is necessary.

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                                        COVID-19 TESTING PLAN


Madison District Public Schools will have COVID-19 testing available for both students and staff ONLY if they are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms during the school day and upon request from a staff member or from a parent and/or legal guardian.


Upon a request for a COVID-19 test for either a student or staff member a new consent form will be required each time testing takes place.  If a student attending Madison District Public Schools exhibits COVID-19 symptoms during the normal school day, their parent and/or legal guardian will be contacted to notify them that the student must be picked up from school, at this time the parent and/ or legal guardian will be notified of the availability that the student may be tested.  


Upon the student's parent and/or legal guardian arriving at the school they will have the option to have the student tested for COVID-19 by one of the District’s School Nurses or Health Resource Advocate (HRA) with a signed consent form.   ONLY a parent and/or legal guardian can sign the COVID-19 testing consent form (a legal guardian must provide proof of guardianship at that time).


Student’s/Staff will be provided a printed copy of results. If positive, they will be provided with the COVID-19 clinical guidance.  If the student/staff member is negative, and is ill, they must go home and follow MDHHS and Oakland County Health Department guidelines for communicable diseases, as well as Madison District’s Sick Policy will be followed. 



Positive COVID-19 Cases

• Isolate at home for days 0-5 (day “0” is day symptoms begin or day test was taken for those without symptoms), AND

• If symptoms have improved or no symptoms developed, return to school, while wearing a well-fitted mask for days 6-10 OR Stay home for days 0-10 if unwilling/unable to wear a mask If you have a fever, stay home until you are fever free for a period of 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.

• Students, teachers and staff who test positive for COVID-19 and/or display COVID-19 symptoms should be isolated regardless of vaccination status.

• Upon identifying any instances of a student(s) requiring isolation, the school administration or those assisting with COVID-19 operations will contact those who have been exposed.

All positive COVID-19 cases should be reported to the schools and emailed directly to the district nurse at

Medical Action Plans and Food Allergy Plans

New Medical Action Plans (MAPs) are required every school year for medical treatment at school.

Please note the following:

  • A new physical form must be filled out every year.
  • A current year physical is one given on or after April 15th of the previous school year. If epinephrine is ordered for emergency use at school, complete the MAP for Severe Allergy.
  • If your child's food allergy is not potentially life-threatening and only an antihistamine is desired (such as Benadryl), then Form A for prescribed medication must be used so school staff have a doctor's order and directions.
  • If medication is to be given at school routinely but is not part of a MAP order, such as Ritalin for ADHD, then Form A for prescribed medication must be filled out.
  • For diabetes, please use the health care plan and order your child's physician prefers. Over the counter medication ordered by the parent alone are intended for occasional use only and should follow the guidelines on the reverse side of that form- Form C.
  • All medication must be in the original container or pharmacy prescription bottle labeled with the student's name, medication name, dosage, and frequency to dispense instructions.
  • All forms must be dated July 1st or after of current school year. Click Here to access the health forms on our district website.
  • Parents with student(s) with seizures : It is recommended that you speak with your child’s physician about prescribing a rescue medication that will provide the safest, fastest, and most effective treatment in the event of a seizure.

The Madison District Public Schools has partnered with Parent Guidance to provide a new resource to Madison families. Through this partnership, will offer a wealth of free resources to each family with a child attending school in the Madison District.

These resources include:

On-demand courses that parents can access to help support their child

On-demand self-help courses for parents

Access to an individual parenting coach for up to 30 minutes each week

The ability to message a coach and receive responses within 24 hours when families experience difficult moments

Parenting coaches are not school employees, do not work in our schools, and coaching is not reported to the schools. Interactions with the coaches are confidential and compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). is intended to be used by parents and will not be used in the school setting.

To learn more about the coaching program, please visit To register to be connected with a free parenting coach, please visit https://paren click "Register Today."