Keeping Kids Healthy--Message from the Health Room

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 2:41pm

As we continue with flu season (and other illnesses), this is a reminder that good hand washing and covering sneezes and coughs with tissues and sleeves are essential steps to preventing the spread of "germs." Also, remember that despite concerns about school attendance, your children's health (and the health of other children) is most important of all. For this reason, we ask you to please:

  • Call the school nurse to let us know if your child is absent with a contagious illness such as strep throat, the flu, etc. Please provide any documentation from your physician about diagnosis and release to return to school. (Ear and sinus infections, while often a reason for keeping a child home, are usually not contagious.)
  • Keep your child home if he/she has a fever of over 100.0. A fever indicates that your child has an infection that could be passed to other students. If you give your child Motrin or Tylenol, the fever will, of course, disappear but he/she will still be contagious to others. Children must be fever-free for 24 hours (without medication) before returning to school.
  • Keep your child home if they are vomiting or have diarrhea. A child should be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Have your children wash their hands properly after using the restrooms and prior to eating.
  • If the doctor prescribes medication for your child, please make sure he/she takes it as directed-which means the right amount at the right time and without missing doses.
  • Please ensure that all emergency phone contacts are up to date so that you can be reached when your child is sick or in the event of an emergency.

Thank you very much for helping to keep all of our students healthy!