SICK CHILD - Send to School or Stay at Home?


Deciding when a child is too sick to go to school may be a difficult decision for parents to make.

Please use the guidelines below and seek the advice of your health care provider.

Send to School: Your child may attend school with the following minor symptoms:

  • Sniffles, runny nose, and a mild cough without a fever.
  • Complaints of mild aches, pain or fatigue without a fever.
  • A single episode of diarrhea without a fever or other symptoms in the table below.

Keep at Home:  Keep your child at home (or make appropriate child care arrangements) if your child has any of the symptoms below.

Notify the school attendance office at (425) 204-4105.


Severe cough, wheezing, or shortness of breath. Cough interferes with sleep or disrupts the classroom.


Three or more loose or watery stools in a 24-hour period. Contact your health care provider.


Earache or ear drainage. See your health care provider.


Red or pink eye with mucus draining from eye. Eyelashes are crusted or matted together. See your health care provider.


Temperature of 100 degrees F or higher within the last 24 hours. Children must be fever-freewithout fever reducing medication (i.e. Tylenol, Advil, Motrin) for 24 hours before returning to school.

Limitations due to Injury, Illness or surgery

If your child has activity restrictions or special transportation needs due to injury, illness or surgery, notify the school office before returning to school. You may be asked to provide written information from the health care provider.

Nose Discharge

Thick green nose discharge with or without a cough. Contact your health care provider.

Not feeling well

Unusually tired, lack of appetite, pale, chills, muscle aches, headache, cranky.


Skin or scalp rash (especially with fever and/or itching). Contact your health care provider. You may be asked to provide written information from the health care provider indicating that the rash is not contagious before returning to school. If Chicken Pox: ALL blisters must be crusted over before returning to school.

Sore Throat

Sore throat (especially with fever or swollen glands). Contact your health care provider. If strep throat, child may return to school after 24 hours of appropriate treatment if no fever.


If your child vomits during the night, keep home the following day. If your child vomits 2 or more times within 24 hours, keep home for at least 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting.