When Sick, Stay Home

When Sick, Stay Home
Posted on 08/17/2021

With an exciting school year right around the corner, we are asking in advance that you please keep your student home if they are sick, especially this school year. To protect them, and our Tahoma family, we need to work together to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our buildings.

Superintendent Mike Hanson: “Families have been burdened with so many difficult decisions over the last year and a half. As we head into our new school year, one where we are making every effort to ensure full-time access to in-person schooling for all of our kids, it is essential that we work together to control the spread of illness. One important factor in doing this is staying home when sick. Unfortunately, one case of COVID-19 can have far reaching effects in our district. We have a collective responsibility to each do our part. That includes our administrators and teachers, who will put students in a position to be successful, even if they are learning at home.”

When students come to school sick, it could not only harm them, at-risk children, staff and their families, it also interrupts your student’s education. Rather than having them sent home mid-day to quarantine and undergo contact tracing, we want you and your student to expect that their school will support them and their learning while they’re recovering at home. To do this, teachers will be available for students to contact with questions about curriculum. Also, any online resources will still be accessible at home.

Here are some symptoms that you and your student should be aware of (per the CDC and Washington State Dept. of Health). If you or your student are experiencing these symptoms, please don’t send your child to school, and find a COVID-19 testing site near you:

  •  Fever or chills
  •  Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  •  Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If a staff member recognizes that a student is showing these symptoms, they will be sent to the nurse’s office. If the student cannot provide a doctor’s note explaining an alternate reason for their symptoms, they will be sent home to quarantine. Other students and staff who were exposed to COVID-19 may also get sick and be forced to quarantine, affecting families throughout the district.

To keep each other safe and to prevent these disruptive steps for your student and our Tahoma family, we strongly encourage you and your student to stay home when sick.

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