For the health and well-being of our community, students must remain home when ill. Students who come to school ill, will be sent home to rest and recover.  

If your student exhibits any of the following, they must remain home, but can return to school when symptom free unless with fever or COVID, which both warrant other time frames: 

  • Fever > 100° F or chills [For fevers, individuals must be fever free for at least 24 hours (unmedicated) to be able to return to school] 

  • Cough (not related to asthma or seasonal allergies) 

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing   

  • Muscle or body aches or other persistent pain 

  • Sore throat  

  • Congestion or runny nose (not related to allergies)  

  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea 

  • Rash, especially with fever or itching, or a rash that is weeping, oozing, or widespread, unless cleared by a medical provider 

  • Head lice (until treatment is started) 

  • *Contagious diseases such as: chicken pox, strep throat, mono, whooping cough, pink eye, impetigo, ringworm, hand/foot/mouth, scabies etc., until treated and/or cleared to return by a medical provider 

If your student has any of the above mentioned symptoms or conditions, keep them home and write an email to to inform the school that the student is home ill.  

*If your student is diagnosed with a contagious disease such as above mentioned or lice, norovirus, COVID, or varicella, these all must be reported to the Director of Health and Wellness email at, so that appropriate procedures and contact notifications can be made if necessary.  

Students who are ill or injured and will be out over 5 days should inform the learning support team, Crissy Stemkowski ( and Jennifer Friend ( so the student may receive academic support upon their return to campus. 


We continue to monitor local public health agencies and our community in regard to COVID outbreaks and spread. If your student experiences any overlapping symptoms of COVID, we still require students to remain home when ill, and also testing at home at least 3 days in a row for COVID-19. Students who test positive for COVID are still required to inform the school.   

Isolation Requirements: 

  • Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 are still required to isolate at home for 5 FULL days and may return after 5 days when 24 hours fever free and symptoms become vastly improved and only remain mild.  

  • 5 days from the day after the onset of symptoms (day 0 = the first day of symptoms) or 

  • 5 days from the day a test is taken if individual has had no symptoms (day 0= the day the individual tested positive) 

  • The earliest day for return to school is day 6 

  • Students and staff returning to school will be masked on days 6-10

  • Students and staff must email to notify the school of any positive COVID test and receive a return to school date. Per WA State, cases are still needing to be tracked at school to manage possible outbreaks, so the school must be informed of the positive test. Students should also still notify attendance of their absence from school at 


Regardless of vaccination status, students, children and staff who are potentially exposed to COVID-19 or have household COVID should take all the following steps as detailed in the DOH ‘What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19’ guidance:  

  • Monitor for symptoms.  
  • Test 3-5 days after exposure.
  • Wear a well-fitting and high-quality mask around others for 10 days after exposure.  

If the exposed person develops new symptoms, they should do all the following:

  • Immediately isolate at home, or where they currently live. 
  • Get tested for COVID-19.  
  • Follow the steps outlined in the Exclusion of Individuals with COVID-19 Symptoms section.  

If a person tests positive, they should follow the DOH What to do if you test positive for COVID19 guidance. Students, children, and staff who were exposed and who do not develop symptoms or test positive may continue to participate at school. 

Contact: Director of Health & Wellness


Samantha Hillyer ('01)
Director of Health & Wellness