Illness & Attendance

  • Guidelines are Subject to Change

    We take guidance from the Washington State Department of Health and/or King County Public Health Department. Therefore, during outbreaks of disease or illness, the below guidelines may change. 

    Help Ensure the Health & Safety of All Students

    Students learn better when they feel well. Our school nurse is here to help when you need to make decisions about your student’s healthcare needs.

    Our school needs:

    • To have emergency telephone numbers for you and someone else who can help if you are not available in the event your student becomes ill at school.
    • To know about any health problems your child has or has had in the past.
    • To be informed when you are keeping your student home due to illness.
    • To know if your student has a condition which could be spread to others.

    When to Keep Students Home from School

    We recommend keeping students home if they have any of the following symptoms or conditions.

    • Bad cold
    • Chicken Pox
    • Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
    • Drainage from ears or eyes
    • Fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater within the last 24 hours
    • Frequent, hard coughing
    • Head lice
    • Loose, watery bowel movements
    • Vomiting
    • Any symptoms of COVID-19 – please contact your school for returning-to-the-building information.

    When to Return Students to School After Illness

    We recommend returning students to school when the following occurs:

    • No temperature (over 100 degrees) for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
    • Student feels well enough to be in school for the full day.
    • No vomiting or loose stools for at least a day.
    • If positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms and have not tested, you may return after 5 full days of isolation from the onset of symptoms.  Symptoms onset day is day 0.  An example is: symptoms started on October 12, may return on October 18 and will need to mask while at school October 18 through the 22.  Further questions can be directed to your school nurse or the schools COVID-19 Site coordinator. The most complete and current information is on our web under Families, Health and in the COVID-19 Safety information.

    Chicken Pox

    Students with Chicken Pox may return to school when they are free of symptoms and all vesicles have crusted (usually 5-6 days).


    Students with acute colds and fevers should not come to school. If your student is sent home with a fever, please keep the student home until the temperature is normal (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit) for 24 hours without medication.

    Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

    Students with inflammation of the eye or eyelid may return to school when the inflammation has cleared, they have been on medication for at least 24 hours, or a physician certifies the student does not have conjunctivitis in an infectious stage.

    Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    Students who have or have been exposed to Coronavirus (COVID-19) should view the most current information on our website.

    Head Lice

    Let us know if your student is treated for head lice so we can check all students. Students may return to school after lice-killing shampoo has been applied and all live lice have been removed from the hair.

    When to Take Students to the Doctor for Illness

    We recommend keeping students home from school and seeking medical care if they have any of the following symptoms.


    • If it lasts longer than two weeks.
    • If complaining of chest pain or difficulty breathing.
    • If it causes choking or vomiting.
    • If it keeps your student awake at night.
    • If it is made worse with or caused by exercise.


    • If it lasts longer than 24 hours.
    • If it causes abdominal pain lasting more than two hours,
    • If it causes an inability to keep fluids down.


    • If there is pain and/or drainage.


    • If the temperature is above 101 degrees Fahrenheit for more than two days.
    • If there is trouble breathing.
    • If it is accompanied by pain somewhere in the body.
    • If the student is unusually sleepy or irritable.


    • If it is sudden with unexplained onset.
    • If there is also a fever.
    • If there is pain with movement and/or swelling.
    • If the pain does not respond with rest.
    • If it increases intensity.
    • If it lasts longer than 24 hours.

    Sore Throat

    • If it is accompanied by a fever for more than two days
    • If the student is unable to drink fluids.
    • If the pain is increasing.
Last Modified on June 27, 2023