Illness Policy

In our efforts to keep all of our children as healthy as possible, and to clear up confusion about when children are welcome to participate in API Seattle events, we have adopted a modified version of Dr. Bill Sears’ recommendations on when to keep children home from child care, with additional information from the Washington State Department of Health’s policy on when to keep children home from child care.

In general, if your child has nasal secretions but they are clear and watery, and your child is happy and playful, pain free, and has a temperature of less than 101 degrees there is no need to exclude your child from Seattle API events.

Please do not attend any API Seattle event with a child who exhibits any of the following symptoms:

  • a fever of 101 degrees or more within the last 24 hours
  • nasal secretions that are thick, yellow, and green, especially if accompanied by a fever, an earache, frequent night waking, or a peaked look — in mother jargon, a sick-looking-face
  • a cough accompanied by fever, chills, and coughing up of green or yellow mucus
  • vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
  • a rash (especially with fever and itching)
  • eye discharge or conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • open or oozing sores
  • lice or scabies
  • Thank you for your cooperation and for supporting us in our efforts to keep all of our children as safe and healthy as possible.