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    When Your Child Should Stay or Go Home

    It is our goal for students to attend classes every day school is in session. However, there are times when students need to stay home for their own health and/or the health and safety of others. Below are some guidelines to help families decide when to keep students at home or when we may call you to pick your child up from school:

    • Fever — Temperature 100 degrees Fahrenheit or over- Students need to stay home for 24 hours after their temperature has returned to normal without the help of fever–reducing medications such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen.
    • Diarrhea — three or more loose or watery stools in a 24-hour period, especially if the student feels ill. Students should stay home for 24 hours after the last watery stool.
    • Vomiting — two or more times during the last 24-hours, especially if the student feels ill. Students should stay home for 24 hours after the last time they vomited.
    • Rash — of unknown origin or those known to be contagious such as ringworm, impetigo or scabies. Students may return to school 24 hours after first dose of medication/treatment.
    • Eyes — that are draining mucus or pus or that have unusual redness, itchiness or pain not due to injury or allergy.
    • Live Adult Lice — Students may return to school once treatment has begun.
    • Persistent Coughing — Students who are unable to participate in classroom activities due to persistent coughing should stay home.
    • Fatigue — Students who are unusually tired, pale, lack appetite, or who are difficult to wake, confused or unusually irritable.
    • Diagnosed Strep Throat, Impetigo, or Bacterial Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) — Must stay home 24 hours after first dose of antibiotics.

    We have staff and students with compromised immune systems. Therefore, they are highly susceptible to getting contagious diseases. PLEASE let me know if your child has a confirmed case of:

    • Measles
    • Mumps
    • Rubella
    • Smallpox
    • Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
    • Influenza (Flu)
    • Strep Throat (if in the same classroom)
    • Varicella (Chickenpox)
    • Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
    • Mononucleosis (Mono)
    • Tuberculosis (TB)
    • Fifths Disease
    • Shingles/Herpes Zoster

    This is important for me to know so that I can notify families and staff members who are susceptible.

    Thank you so much for your help!

    Nurse Ha
    Ha Nguyen, MN ARNP NCSN
    Seattle Public Schools
    National Certified School Nurse
    Dunlap Elementary Tues & Thurs (206) 252-7007
    John Stanford International School (JSIS) Wed & Alt Mon (206) 252-6087
    K-5 STEM at Boren School Fri & Alt Mon (206) 252-8457
    dinguyen@seattleschools.org