Health Information & Resources for FAMILIES
When to Keep Your Student Home from School(Updated 3/8/20)The health and safety of our students is extremely important to the Snoqualmie Valley School District. Preventing the spread of illness within the school setting is our best tool to keep the students healthy. In order to accomplish this, we need the help and cooperation of parents.
In light of the spread of Coronavirus in King County, keeping potentially ill students home is more important than ever in preventing the spread of this infection and protecting our school community. As our district looks to Public Health for guidance, updates to our “when to stay home guidelines” are necessary to best protect our school community.
If there is any question about the health status of your child, please make arrangements to keep them at home. This preventive step benefits your child and our entire school community.
Specific symptoms for which students should remain at home are:
- FEVER: A child, who has had a fever of 100 degrees F. or over, should stay home for 72 hours after their fever has passed without the use of fever-reducing medications. Children that have a fever, cough and shortness of breath, should stay home for 72 hours and symptoms get better.
- SECRETIONS: Children with significant runny noses and/or profuse cough need to remain home until the secretions have diminished to a controllable/containable level. Children that have a cough, shortness of breath and fever, should stay home for 72 hours and symptoms get better.
- VOMITING: Students who have vomited should remain home for at least 12-24 hours from the last episode and have been hungry for and kept down 2 normal meals.
- DIARRHEA: Students who have loose/liquid stool should remain home until normal bowel patterns return.
- GENERAL ACHES/PAINS: If your child has any physical discomforts (i.e.: stomach ache, headache, sore throat, etc.), carefully assess your child. Your child should stay home if they have any of the above accompanying symptoms or are too uncomfortable to be able to concentrate in class.
If your student is potentially exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19 but is not sick, your student should not go to school and avoid public places for 14 days.
If your student is potentially exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19 and is sick, your student should remain in home isolation for 7 days OR until 72 hours after their fever has resolved (and symptoms get better) whichever is longer.
If your student has confirmed or suspected COVID-19, your student should remain in home isolation for 7 days OR until 72 hours after their fever has resolved (and symptoms get better) whichever is longer.
This is a brief sampling of common reasons children should be kept home. There are many more contagious conditions which would merit exclusion. Please use caution when assessing your child’s health status in the morning and do not send them if you are uncertain of what is going on with them. If your child is diagnosed by a physician with a contagious condition and has been at school, please notify your school for tracking purposes and taking any needed action.
Our first concern is for the well being of each child. Thank you for supporting our efforts to keep all our children healthy!
The following resources are for information only and are not meant to be used for self-diagnosis or as a substitute for consultation with a health care provider. If you have questions about the information listed, please consult your health care provider.
- Click HERE for Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates.
- Flu Vaccine Recommendations (DOH)
- Brochure: Protect Your Family from the Flu (DOH)
- Flu Information for Parents with Young Children (CDC)
- Flu Information for Parents and Caregivers of Children with Special Health Care Needs (DOH)
- Influenza Vaccine Safety (CDC)
WA Dept of Health resources:
King Co Public Health resources:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- Head Lice 101 (for Parents): What Every Parent Should Know About Head Lice — English, Spanish
- Facing Head Lice: A Guide For Families — English, Spanish
- SVSD Head Lice Info