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 Varicella (Chickenpox) Requirement Information: Starting in the 2016-17 school year, all high school students are required to have two doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine. All students in kindergarten - 8th grade have already been required to get two doses of varicella vaccine. Students who have already received two doses of varicella vaccine are not required to get more shots. Refer to our immunizations/vaccines page for more information. 


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