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

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

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

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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. Due to the coronavirus we will be following guidelines advised to schools by WA State Department of Public Health which is currently 72 hours after fever is gone and symptoms get better.
  • 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: Keep a child home if they've thrown up 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. If symptoms persist, check with your doctor or the school nurse.