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When to Keep your Student Home - Fall 2021, (Updated 10/12/21)


Too Sick for School? (Updated 10/12/21)

Following new guidelines from Public Health – Seattle & King County and the Department of Health, students with one or more COVID symptoms should stay home from school.

To return, most students will require either (1) a negative COVID-19 test (PCR test only, not rapid test or at-home tests) OR (2) an alternate diagnosis by a health care provider OR (3) to stay out for 10 days.

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.

A list of free COVID-19 testing around King County is available here.

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