When to Stay Home

Updated February 21, 2024

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These guidelines have been established to maintain the health and safety of our students and staff.

Call your child’s school nurse if you have questions, or call Health Services at 360-662-1070.


With fever of 100.4°F or greater OR 100°F with other signs or symptoms of illness. Student may return when fever-free for 24 hours WITHOUT the use of fever-reducing medicine.


Any unexplained vomiting episode. Student may return 24 hours after last episode and when tolerating a normal diet.


Three or more unexplained episodes of watery or loose stool in 24 hours OR sudden onset of loose stool and feeling unwell. Student may return 24 hours after last episode.


Serious, sustained coughing, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing.


Drainage, vision changes, redness of eyelid, itching, pain, and/or sensitivity to light may be signs of "pink eye" (conjunctivitis). Student should be checked by a licensed healthcare provider.


Any new rash accompanied by a fever or other signs of illness. Student may return after rash goes away and free of fever for 24 hours without medication or with written clearance from a health care provider

Skin Lesions/Sores

Drainage from a sore that cannot be contained within a bandage OR sores are increasing in size OR new sores are developing OR student continues to touch sores.


Students who test positive for COVID-19 must follow the When to Stay Home/Return to School Guidelines for whatever symptoms they are experiencing.  Individuals who test positive are encouraged to mask for 10 days following the onset of symptoms or positive test result.  Adult and child sized masks will be available at school.  You do not need to report a positive test result to the district.


If your student has any health-related needs following hospitalization, surgery, or injury, please contact the school office or school nurse prior to reentry. Students are expected to participate in all parts of the school day, including recess and PE. If your doctor has restricted activity, please send a doctor's note, e.g., "No PE/recess for 1 week."


Symptoms that prevent the student from active participation in usual school activities (pain, unusually tired, no appetite, etc.) OR student is requiring more care than school can safely provide OR at the directive of the Kitsap Public Health District.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 
Washington State Department of Health
Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
Kitsap Public Health Department (KPHD)