Too Sick for School

    Coronavirus in the News – Cold and Flu Season – When to Keep Your Child Home

    You may have seen in the news or on social media that Washington state has had one confirmed case of coronavirus. We know this kind of news is worrisome to families, and in this case, many of the early symptoms may appear much like the flu. 

    While it is a serious illness, the Washington State Department of Health considers it a low risk to the public at this time. However, flu season is definitely here and we ask that if your child is sick, please keep them at home. If you're not sure whether or not to keep your child home, review the information available on our "Too Sick for School" webpage

    Ways to protect yourself and your family from colds and flu are to ensure everyone has a flu shot, wash hands thoroughly, drink plenty of fluids, get plenty of rest and stay home when ill. Learn more tips for staying well on the Health Services section of the LWSD website.

    The District is actively monitoring this situation and is in contact with the Washington State Department of Health. We will communicate more information should the State Department of Health provide an update affecting schools.

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    When to keep your sick child home from school

    Lake Washington School District works with King County Department of Public Health to help protect children from spreading communicable diseases. Keeping children home when they are too sick for school protects other students and staff from potential illness.

    Symptoms that child is too sick for school

    If your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep him/her home, or make appropriate child care arrangements. It will be necessary to pick your student up from school as soon as possible if he/she shows any of the following symptoms at school:

    • Fever: temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Child must not have a fever for 24 hours before returning to school.
    • Vomiting: child should not return to school for 24 hours following the last episode of vomiting.
    • Lice, scabies: Children may not return to school until they have been treated. Children with scabies can be admitted after treatment.
    • Diarrhea: more than one watery stool in a 24-hour period, especially if the child acts or looks ill.
    • Chronic cough and/or runny nose: continual coughing and excessive nasal discharge. Conditions may be contagious and may require treatment from your health care provider.
    • Sore throat: especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck.
    • Rash: body rash, especially with fever or itching.
    • Ear infection: with fever. Without fever can attend school, but the child may need medical treatment and follow-up. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.
    • Eye infection: Eye infection: pink eye (conjunctivitis) or thick mucus or pus draining from eye.
    • Unusual appearance, behavior: abnormally tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused or irritable. This is sufficient reason to exclude a child from school.