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Too Sick for School?

  • We coordinate with the Skagit County Health District in protecting children from certain symptoms of communicable diseases. If your child has any of these symptoms, please keep them home, or make appropriate child care arrangements.

    • APPEARANCE, BEHAVIOR – unusually tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, or irritable. This is sufficient reason to keep a child home from school.
    • EYES – red with thick green or yellow drainage may indicate a bacterial conjunctivitis.
    • FEVER – child should remain home with TEMPERATURE OF 100 DEGREES Fahrenheit or higher. Child must be fever free for 72 hours without fever reducing medicine. Greenish nose discharge, and/or chronic cough – should be seen by a health care provider.
    • SORE THROAT – especially with fever or rash. Children with possible strep throat should be seen by their provider.
    • DIARRHEA – watery stools in past 72-hour period especially if the child acts or looks ill.
    • VOMITING – within the past 72 hours.
    • RASH – body rash, especially with fever or itching.
    • EAR PAIN – student with drainage/pain/fever need to be seen by a health care provider. Student does not need to be excluded unless discomfort interrupts the learning process. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.
    • ANTIBIOTICS –If your child has an illness that requires antibiotics, please check with your provider as to when the child may return to school.

    Bringing a child to school with the above symptoms puts other children and staff at risk of getting sick. While we regret any inconvenience this may cause, in the long run, this means less illness and fewer lost workdays for parents.

    Please call your student's school to excuse the absence due to any of the above symptoms. Students showing any of the above symptoms will be sent home per district and state policies.