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Current Guidelines for When to Keep Your Student Home

UPDATE: If you have fever, cough or shortness of breath and have not been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, you should contact your healthcare provider for guidance. Public Health currently recommends that people with these symptoms should stay home and away from others until 72 hours after the fever is gone and symptoms get better. This is without the assistance of fever-reducing medication.

  • If your child is currently showing any signs of illness, please keep them home and follow regular district guidelines for when they should return.
  • If anyone in your household currently has flu-like symptoms, please keep your child home.
  • If your child is showing signs of illness and has possibly been exposed to a patient with COVID-19, please keep them home from school and contact your healthcare provider for further instructions and guidance.
  • If you choose to keep your child home out of an abundance of caution, please contact the school to excuse the absence.
  • If any member of your household is at high risk from COVID-19 (elderly adults and persons who have underlying chronic medical conditions) you should consider keeping your child home.

We appreciate everyone helping us to practice good hygiene and follow the recommendations provided by Public Health of Seattle & King County to the best extent possible for your family.

Please use the checklist below when determining whether to send your student to school or keep your child home.  Thank you for doing your part to keep our school community healthy! 

When to Keep Your Child Home from School

Communicable Disease Guidelines

Use this checklist to determine whether to keep your child home from school

Fever: Does your child have a fever over 100 degrees F. orally?Temperature should remain normal (98.6 degrees) for 72 hours
without any fever reducing medication before returning to school

Yes____ No____
Sore throat: Is it accompanied by fever, headache, stomachache or swollen glands? Yes____ No____
Vomiting: Has your child vomited two or more times in a 24 hour period? Yes____ No____
Diarrhea: Has there been more than one occurrence in a 24 hour period? Yes____ No____
Eyes: Are your child’s eyes crusty, bright red and/or discharging yellow or green fluid? Yes____ No____
Nasal discharge (yellow or greenish): Is there colorful nasal mucus that is accompanied by a fever or other symptoms of an upper respiratory infection? Yes____ No____
Cough: Does your child have a persistent, productive cough?  Yes____ No____
Appearance/Behavior: Is your child unusually tired, pale, have a lack of appetite, difficult to awaken, or confused? Yes____ No____
Rash: Does your child have a body rash not associated with heat, eczema, or an allergic reaction to a medication? Yes____ No____

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please keep your child home from school and consider seeking medical attention.

Head lice – Please contact the school nurse if any indication of head lice

Remember to keep the school updated with new phone numbers and emergency contacts in case your student becomes ill at school.  Any questions please call Kerri Whitworth, our school nurse, at 425-837-4159.

The most important thing you can do to prevent illness is for you and your child to wash your hands often with warm water and soap.

Kerri Whitworth

District Nurse
Beaver Lake Middle School
Fax: 425-837-4195
Monday 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Kris Burke

Health Room Specialist
Beaver Lake Middle School