Is Your Child Too Sick for School?

Edmonds School District Health Services coordinates with the Snohomish Health District in protecting students from certain symptoms of communicable diseases.
If your student has any of these symptoms, please keep him/her home, or make appropriate child care arrangements.
  • Appearance, Behavior — Unusually tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused or irritable. This is sufficient reason to keep a student home.
  • Eyes — Red, thick mucus or pus draining from the eye or pink eye. Itching with a crust on the eyelids after sleep — this condition may be “pink eye” and need medical evaluation.
  • Fever — Temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Please keep students home at least 24 hours following an elevated temperature of 100 degrees or higher.
  • Persistent Nasal Drainage, and/or Chronic Cough — Should be seen by a health care provider. These conditions may be contagious and require treatment.
  • Sore Throat — Especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck. A student with a confirmed diagnosis of Strep Throat can return to school after 24 hours of appropriate treatment.
  • Diarrhea — 3 or more liquid stools in a 24-hour period, especially if the student acts or looks ill.
  • Vomiting — Vomiting 2 or more times within the past 24 hours.
  • Rash — Body rash, especially with fever or itching.
  • Chicken Pox — Students are infectious 1-2 days before the rash appears until the last blisters (sores) are dry and crusted. This is usually 5-6 days after the rash appears. Students are to remain home while infectious.
  • Ear Pain with Fever — This should be evaluated by a health care provider. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.
  • Lice — Students with suspected infestations will be screened. Parents will be notified of treatment needs. Please notify the school if you find head lice on your student.
  • Scabies — Students with scabies can return to school 24 hours after treatment has begun.

    IF YOUR STUDENT SHOWS ANY OF THE ABOVE SYMPTOMS AT SCHOOL, IT MAY BE NECESSARY TO PICK HIM/HER UP FROM SCHOOL. MAKE SURE YOUR STUDENT’S SCHOOL HAS A CURRENT DAYTIME PHONE NUMBER FOR YOU. PLEASE CONSULT WITH YOUR SCHOOL NURSE OR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER.

    1. Bringing a student to school with any of the above symptoms puts other students and staff at risk of getting sick.
    2. If all parents keep their sick students at home, we will have stronger, healthier, and happier students.
    3. While we regret any inconvenience this may cause, it will mean fewer lost workdays and less illness for parents too.

Last Modified on September 13, 2011