Stay Home If You Are Sick

These are our general guidelines about maintaining a healthy community for our Bear Creek students, visitors, faculty, and staff. At this time, we are in the process of developing specific infection control guidelines that will comprehensively address COVID-19 safety concerns for the upcoming 2020 – 2021 school year. Please note that the guidelines below will be updated to reflect new recommendations when they are released by the CDC and King County Public Health.

24-Hour Rule: Provided they feel well enough, students may return to school:

  • 24 hours after a fever ends, without the use of medication
  • 24 hours after starting antibiotics, provided there is no fever
  • 24 hours after last episode of diarrhea or vomiting, provided there is no fever

Please keep your child home from school if he/she exhibits any of the following:

  • Fever > 100° F
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea: more than one watery stool in a 24-hour period
  • Consistent cough that is not related to asthma or seasonal allergies
  • Excessive nasal drainage
  • Sore throat: especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck
  • Persistent pain
  • Rash: body rash, especially with fever or itching. Rash that is weeping, oozing, or widespread unless cleared by medical provider
  • Ear infection: with fever. Without fever may attend school, but the child may need medical treatment and follow-up. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.
  • Head lice (until treatment is started)
  • Contagious diseases such as chicken pox, strep throat, mono, whooping cough, pink eye, impetigo, ringworm, scabies etc., until treated and/or cleared to return
  • Unusual appearance, behavior: abnormally tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused or irritable. This is a sufficient reason to exclude a child from school.

If your child has been diagnosed with a contagious disease, please contact the health services team. Follow the procedures on the Attendance page to report absences. Always include as much description as possible regarding the reason for absence.

With any illness, the bottom line is keep your child home from school if he or she is sick.