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Absence from School for Health Reasons

In the school environment, students have increased physical contact with each other. Germs can spread rapidly under these conditions. These guidelines are offered in order to protect all students and to prevent the spread of illness.  If your child has any of these symptoms, please keep him/her home, or make appropriate child care arrangements.

Illness Guidelines for Keeping Your Child at Home

  • APPEARANCE, BEHAVIOR - unusually tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused, or irritable.
  • COUGHING, CHRONIC COUGH - If persistent and accompanied by other symptoms such as episodes of coughing followed by gagging, or a whooping/barking sound, vomiting, fever, loss of appetite, or weight loss, then medical evaluation is needed.
  • COVID - Positive test. Student required to isolate for 5 days since symptoms first appeared if: You have had no fever within the past 24 hours (without medication), AND your symptoms have improved. Wearing a well-fitting mask through day 10 is recommended, but not required. 
  • EYES - appear red and irritated, thick mucus or pus draining from one or both eye(s). Contact your health care provider for diagnosis and treatment options.
  • DIARRHEA - 3 or more watery stools in a 24 hour period. Keep your child home until symptoms subside. Contact your health care provider if symptoms persist.
  • FEVER - temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Students need to be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school, WITHOUT using medications to reduce fever.
  • GREENISH NOSE DISCHARGE - Nasal discharge accompanied by a fever or headache, may need medical evaluation.
  • IMPETIGO - a bacterial skin eruption beginning with a small blister and later may contain pus and become scabbed. The secretions from the sores, which are frequently found around the nose and mouth, are very contagious. Contact your health care provider.
  • SCABIES - May return to school after treatment.
  • RASH - body rash, especially with fever or itching or that is spreading. Heat rashes and allergic reactions are not contagious. Please contact your health care provider for evaluation to determine if infectious.
  • SORE THROAT - a persistent sore throat with additional symptoms (i.e. fever, swollen glands in the neck, stomachache, or headache).
  • VOMITING - twice within 24 hours

The above conditions are symptoms of contagious diseases and follow WAC 110-301-0205. Students will not be sent home on the bus with any of the above conditions.

Other health situations to keep your student home for:

  • Your child will need to remain home for at least 24 hours after starting antibiotics. Your healthcare provider may require more time.
  • A child with chicken pox may return to school after all the sores have crusted over and there are no new eruptions or sores. (usually a minimum of 5 days)
  • Live lice- May return to school after live lice have been removed

Other guidelines to remember:

  • Open sores or injuries should be covered to prevent secondary infection during the school day. 
  • Ear infection without fever - It is OK to remain at school, but it is encouraged to follow up with your medical provider. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.
  • When in doubt, contact the building Nurse or Principal for guidance. Remember to put student comfort and safety first. Working together, we can keep students and staff safe and healthy.

If you need to keep your student home due to any health situation, please contact your student's school office to report the absence.