Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien,WA 98166

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Health Services

The health and social services department coordinates and provides health and social services to promote a healthy school community and maximize educational outcomes.

Too Sick for School?

Deciding when a child is too sick to go to school can be a difficult decision to make. When trying to decide, use these guidelines to help make the best decision.

  • Fever: Keep a child home if they have a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Remember a child must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Sore throat: Be mindful of sore throats, especially those with a fever or swollen glands in the neck. If your child has strep throat, they can to return to school after 24 hours of appropriate treatment.
  • Diarrhea: Three or more loose stools in a 24-hour period.
  • Vomiting: Two or more times in a 24-hour period.
  • Rash: Watch for rashes, especially those that cause a fever, itching or swelling.
  • Chronic cough and/or green nose discharge: These conditions may be contagious and require treatment. Please visit your healthcare provider.
  • Ear: Any ear pain with a fever should be evaluated by a physician. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.
  • Eye Redness: Eyes that have matted or crust on the eyelids after sleep, mucus or pus drainage, redness, and pain should be evaluated by a health care professional for possible "pink eye" or conjunctivitis.
  • Lice or Scabies: Your child is able to return to school after treatment.
  • Chicken Pox: Children with Chicken Pox must remain home for five days after the beginning of blisters, or until all pox are scabbed over and dry.
  • Other symptoms: unusually tired, pale, has a lack of appetite, is difficult to wake, confused or irritable.

Latest Health Updates

New Asthma Procedure Change: Starting in the 2019-20 school year, there will be a change in our asthma procedure to follow current guidelines that best serve our students and families. We have added a place on the Medication Authorization Form for your health care provider to designate the severity of your student's asthma: mild, moderate, or severe. Only students with severe asthma will need to have a Medication Authorization Form, medication, and emergency care plan completed prior to attending school or be excluded until it is complete. *Please talk with your health care provider about what type of asthma your student has and how this is documented on the form.


Kim Dunn-Hawthorne
Director of Health & Social Services 

Elaine Irons-Hunt 
Lead Nurse

Lauren Thompson
Compliance Manager

Pamela Keller
Administrative Secretary


15675 Ambaum Blvd SW 
Burien, WA 98166