Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. As we face the flu season every year, it is important to help you and your student stay healthy and safe. Here are some guidelines to follow:
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Stay home when you are sick, and keep your children home from school when they are sick.
- Do NOT send your children to school until they have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. A temperature over 100 degrees is considered a fever.
Do you have the common cold or flu?
|Tired||Mild||Moderate to Severe|
|Fever||Low Grade||Higher than 100 degrees F|
|Body Aches||Slight||Common, possibly severe|
|Stuffy Nose||Common||Less Common|
|Sore Throat||Common||Less Common|
|Cough||Hacking cough that brings up mucus||Dry, tickly, unproductive cough|
|Chest Discomfort||Mild to Moderate||Often Severe|
Per Seattle and King County Public Health, "Lice are tiny insects that live on and crawl through the hair. They are gray, brown, or black and can be difficult to see. They do not leave the human host on their own - they must be physically dislodged. They do not infest pets, furniture, carpeting or toys. Head lice live only on the heads of their human hosts."
Children should be taught not to share combs, brushes & hats. Regular head inspections by parents is an excellent way to detect any early infestations.
When inspecting your child for head lice, part the hair into sections. Make sure the room is well-lit. The nits stick to the hair shaft and must be pulled off with a fingernail to remove (or a lice comb can be used). That is one way to tell the difference between a nit and a dandruff flake. Dandruff can be easily flicked with your finger. Nits cannot be flicked or washed away. Although head lice are a nuisance, head lice do not spread disease.
Lice spread from person to person when people are in close contact or when they share clothing or personal items that have been in contact with the head or neck. Lice do not fly or jump: they crawl. Lice can infest anyone–young, old, rich, poor, clean or dirty. Avoid sharing personal items such as hats, coats, brushes, combs and pillows.
We follow the WA OSPI Infection Control Guidelines.
The Washington State Legislature requires school districts to make information available to all parents or guardians of students entering grades 6 through 12 about human papillomavirus (HPV) and how to prevent it.
What is Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)?
HPV is a very common virus that is spread through genital contact. There are more than 100 types of HPV. About 40 types can infect the genital area. Some types can cause cervical cancer or genital warts. Both women and men can get HPV and easily spread it to others without knowing they have it.
Who should get the vaccine and when should they get it?
The federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends the HPV vaccine for all preteens of all genders at age 11- 12, before they begin sexual activity. The HPV vaccine is the most effective at this age because it produces the most infection fighting cells during the preteens. It is a preventive vaccine and will offer the best protection if given before sexual activity starts. HPV vaccine is not required for school entry in Washington.
Where can I find the HPV vaccine?
Ask your doctor, nurse, or local health clinic to find out whether your daughter needs the HPV vaccine and where you can get it. Most providers in Washington will have state-supplied HPV vaccine and there will be no cost to parents (of girls under 19 years) for the vaccine. Providers may charge an office visit and/or administration fee. The HPV vaccine is available to providers at no cost through Washington State’s Universal Childhood Vaccine Program.
For more information on HPV, the Vaccine, and Cervical Cancer:
All schools in Washington are required to provide information on meningococcal disease to parents or guardians of all students entering grades 6-12.
Meningococcal disease is a serious infection of the brain (meningitis) and blood caused by a bacteria. Fortunately, this life-threatening infection is rare - only about 75 people are infected each year in Washington. Adolescents and young adults are most likely to get meningococcal disease, especially those living in group settings such as college dorms.
Also known as Whooping Cough
Seattle and King County Public Health states, "Pertussis, also known as "whooping cough," is a toxin-mediated respiratory illness caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis. It is spread primarily by respiratory droplets (droplet spread) produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The disease is of particular concern in infants because they have higher rates of pneumonia, hospitalization, and death compared with older children and adults. Pertussis vaccination reduces the frequency and severity of disease.
However, the protective effects of natural pertussis infection and pertussis vaccine wane with time. Unrecognized infections in older children and adults are the most common source of pertussis transmission to infants in the community. The primary strategy to prevent severe pertussis among infants is maternal vaccination during the 3rd trimester of each pregnancy."
Resources for the general public
- Pertussis information sheet, Public Health — Seattle & King County
- Pertussis facts, CDC
- Whooping Cough flyer for pregnant women, also available in the following languages: