Seattle Public Schools
Is My Child Too Sick To Go To School?
A Guide for Parents
APPEARANCE/ BEHAVIORâ€“ unusually tired,
pale, no appetite, hard to wake, or confused.
EYESâ€“ If there is drainage, vision change, and/or
redness of the eyelid, itching, pain or sensitivity to
light. This may be a sign of pink eyeâ€
(conjunctivitis) and the student should be checked by
a health care provider.
FEVERâ€“ temperature of 100 degrees
Fahrenheit (38 degrees C) or higher.
Students need to be fever free for 24 hours
before returning to school WITHOUT
medications to reduce the fever.
BAD COLD AND/OR COUGH â€“ Students need
to be able to cover their cough to be at school. If a
cough or cold persists for more than 2 weeks, the
student may need to be seen by a health care
DIARRHEAâ€“ 2 or more watery stools in 24
hours, especially if the student acts or looks ill.
Students should stay home for 24 hours after the
last watery stool.
VOMITINGâ€“ vomiting 2 or more times in 24
hours. Student should stay home for 24 hours after
the last time they vomited.
RASHâ€“ Bothersome body rash, especially with
fever or itching. Some rashes may spread to others
and should be checked by a health care provider.
INJURY/SURGERY â€“ if students are
unable to concentrate due to pain or pain
medication, they should stay home. Please
have your health care provider contact the
school nurse to help your child safely return
to school. Letting the school nurse know in
advance of any planned surgery will be
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS about whether
or not your student is healthy enough to come
to school? Contact the school nurse or your
child's health care provider.
Keeping ill students at home, encouraging
frequent hand washing, and covering coughs
protects everyone, including those with
fragile immune systems.
Students are expected to participate in all
parts of the school day including recess or
PE. If your doctor has restricted activity please
send a doctor's note, for example: No contact
sports x 1 week.â€
Thank you for your support to keep students safe & healthy.