Attendance & Illness
Participation and Engagement
- Our attendance policy applies and attendance will be monitored.
- Students are provided a set instructional schedule they are expected to follow.
- Student who must quarantine at home will switch to full remote learning while at home, unless they are too ill to participate.
When to Keep Students Home from School and What to Report
The new Public Health guidelines for keeping students home are far more stringent than before the pandemic. (See Health Screening/Attestation)
Please keep students home and report the following when any of the following applies to your student:
- ANY potential symptoms of illness in the past 10 days
- Any exposure to a confirmed COVID postivie individual in the past 14 days
- Any positive COVID test results in the past 10 days
- After travel, if there is a current county/state recommendation to do so (Washington State COVID Travel Advisory 11/13/20)
A school nurse will contact families of ill and quarantined students to determine when the student can return to school, based on public health guidelines. Please do not send your student back to school until you have spoken with and been cleared by the school nurse.
- All student absences should continue to be reported to the School Attendance Line. Please leave a voice message explaining the reason for any absence, with student name and grade level. In your message, please report any symptoms of illness, COVID-19 exposures, or COVID testing and results. Your timely reporting will help us monitor and protect the health and safety of our school community.
- Families of ill students are encouraged to contact their healthcare provider to determine if COVID-19 testing should be done.
- Families should anticipate and prepare for ill and/or exposed students (and potentially siblings) to remain home for extended periods of time, based on the returning to school criteria set forth by public health. (See Response Protocols)
Feeling Sick at School
The symptoms of COVID are extremely varied and like many other illnesses. Because of this, any student showing any of the symptoms will be considered as potentially having COVID-19.
- Students with ill symptoms at school will be separated from others for screening and safe supervision in the school’s isolation “care” rooms, until they can be pick-up by a parent/guardian.
- Parents/guardians of ill students will be contacted immediately to pick up their student. It is important for families to respond more quickly than ever before, in picking up their student from school when they are showing ill symptoms. We appreciate your prompt response and sense of urgency to help limit exposure.
- Families are encouraged to have a predetermined childcare plan for times when their student is showing any ill symptoms. Public health exclusion rules call for students with any ill symptoms to be out for longer periods of time than before COVID-19.
- The school nurse will provide families of ill students with criteria for returning to school. Families need to consult with and be cleared by the school nurse, before they can return school.
- Staff showing COVID-19 symptoms will also be sent home immediately.
Return to School Criteria
The new returning to school criteria set by public health is far more stringent than school before COVID. Families should anticipate and prepare for ill and/or exposed students (and potentially siblings) to remain home for extended periods of time based on the returning to school criteria (linked below). The school nurse will contact families of ill students to determine when the student can return to school based on public health guidelines. Please do not send your student back to school until you have spoken with the school nurse, and your student has been cleared to return by the nurse.
- What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19
- What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms but have not been around anyone diagnosed with COVID-19
- What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19
- COVID-19 Symptom Flow Chart - New graphic guidance to help families understand what a student will be screened for, if they will be allowed at school, and general return guidelines.
Each school has prepared a "Care Room" with enhanced ventilation, where any student with COVID-19 symptoms will wait for their ride home.
The student's parent/guardian will be contacted to pick up their student immediately. Please respond rapidly when contacted.