When to keep my student home if they are sick

  • Shoreline School District follows the guidelines the King County Department of Health provides about what to do if students, staff or visitors are sick.

    • The school district will have a web link on their main District site that will give specific information about current expectations and concerns. Information on that site is a collaboration between the School District, District nurses and the King County Health Department. It is our goal to have clear, consistent and up to date information for everyone.
    • Parents are the first line of defense for detecting if their student is not well. You know your family the best.


    If your student:

    • Has a temperature of 100 or more - They MUST stay home until they are fever free for 24 hours without taking medication to lower their temperature.
    • Diarrhea
    • Vomiting in the morning or through the night
    • If they have a temperature of 100 or higher AND a cough, sore throat, achy and/or are more tired than usual, they may have the flu. Please call your physician to see if they want to have your student come in to their office for an evaluation.

    Parents may give acetaminophen (Tylenol) Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) to relieve the fever and aches and pains of a cold.



    Attendance is very important.

    There is a balance between good school attendance and health.

    Adults average 3 colds per year but children tend to get 8 to 12 colds per year. Cold symptoms last on average of 12-14 days per cold.

    Colds are most contagious during the first 2-4 days.

    Some cold viruses can live on surfaces (counter tops, door handles) for several days. Droplets containing viral particles can be exhaled into the air by breathing, coughing, or sneezing.

    Antibiotics are NOT effective in treating colds.

    Simple hygiene measures can help to prevent infection from the viruses that cause colds, including hand washing or use of an alcohol-based hand rub.

    Students are NOT expected to stay home for the length of a cold. Many students do not miss any days if the symptoms are not severe. Rest and fluids are the best way to get better faster. They may need to miss a day or two at the beginning if their symptoms are severe but by the fourth day, they are probably no longer contagious so they are not a risk for others to be around.

    They are at risk for a secondary infection – earache, bronchitis, pneumonia, sinus infection and others. Many of these secondary infections are bacterial, those CAN be treated with antibiotics.


    You should have your student checked by a licensed health care professional if...

    • Discharge from nose or cough is green or yellow
    • Cough gets worse or just does not seem to go away
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Loss of appetite or not drinking fluids
    • Fever over 101 degrees
    • Earache
    • They are not getting any better after the first 7 days of the cold


    If your student is not able to participate in regular school activities even though they may not have a temperature, you will be called to pick your student up so they can rest and recover at home.

    The guidelines for staying home are the same for Students, Staff and Visitors.