Too Sick for School
NOTE: Due to COVID-19 we are following guidelines advised to schools by the Washington State Department of Public Health. Please visit our COVID-19 Information & Resources page for additional details.
Parents can often sense when their child is "coming down with something." By watching for the subtle signs that mark the onset of an illness, you are practicing preventive care measures to protect the health of your child as well as others. Keep children home, and contact your school nurse, if they have:
- Fever: Keep a child home if they have a temperature of 100 degrees or higher. A student may return to school 24 hours after their fever is gone without the use of fever reducing medications AND if other symptoms have improved.
- Sore throat and swollen glands: If your child has strep throat, they can to return to school after 24 hours of appropriate treatment.
- Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
- Skin rash or open sores
- Pain or swelling of any kind
- Cough, chills or runny nose: pay attention to if the child has been in close contact with someone who had COVID-19.
- Earaches or extreme headaches
- Eye Infections
- Other Symptoms: Unusually tired, pale, has a lack of appetite, is difficult to wake, confused or irritable. If symptoms persist, check with your doctor.
A child can return to school when symptoms have subsided AND his or her temperature remains normal for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.