• Too Sick for School? (Updated 3/14/22)

    Following guidelines from the Department of Health, students with one or more COVID- like symptoms need to stay home from school. This has not changed with the removal of the mask mandate.

    To return, most students still will require either (1) a negative COVID-19 test (PCR, rapid antigen or at-home test is acceptable) OR (2) an alternate diagnosis by a health care provider OR (3) to stay out for 5 days following the symptom onset.

    COVID-19 Symptoms include:

    • Chills or Fever of 100.4 F or higher
    • Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing
    • Muscle or Body Aches
    • New Loss of Taste or Smell
    • Cough (New, Changed, or Worsening)
    • Congestion or Runny Nose
    • Fatigue
    • Headache
    • Sore Throat
    • Nausea, Vomiting or Diarrhea

    Please contact your school and do not send your student to school if they have any of the symptoms noted above. If they do arrive at school with any of the above symptoms, they will be sent home.

    If a student has only ONE of the following symptoms that lasts LESS THAN 24 hours, they may return to school without testing once the symptom is gone:

    • Congestion or Runny Nose
    • Fatigue
    • Headache
    • Sore Throat
    • Nausea, Vomiting or Diarrhea

    A list of free COVID-19 testing around King County is available here. The closest sites for free testing include Shoreline, Aurora, and Curative at Northgate Community Center.

    For any questions about these or other illnesses, contact your school nurse for more information.