• Shirley Van Beek, RN BSN MN

    Syre School Nurse  206-393-4160


    Is my child too sick for school?

    Your student wakes up looking flushed, feeling congested or queasy.

    You may be facing the question, "Is my child too sick for school?"  To make this decision a little easier keep two C’s in mind: Contagious and Comfort.


    Please keep your student home with the following symptoms, which may mean that the illness is contagious:    

    • Fever above 100 degrees (must be fever free for 24 hours without medication before returning to school)
    • Vomiting or diarrhea (must vomit or diarrhea free for 24 hours before returning to school)
    • Sore throat, especially if combined with fever or swollen neck glands.
    • Heavy nasal congestion or frequent, incessant cough
    • Your student has been diagnosed with a contagious virus or infection
    • Thick greenish-yellow drainage from the eyes.                                            
    • Rashes unrelated to heat or other known non-contagious causes.
    • Unusual fatigue, paleness, lack of appetite, confusion or irritability.


    Without any of these symptoms, the question becomes whether your student feels well enough to function comfortably at school.  Please feel to call Nurse Shirley in the Syre Health Office at 206-393-4160 if you have any questions.