Flu season notice

Dear Parents,

The start of cold and flu season is upon us. We have had several kids out with common childhood viruses. This is just a reminder of our school policies regarding illnesses and some helpful tips for staying healthy. To ensure the health and safety of everyone we recommend you follow these guidelines:

  • The student should be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication before returning to school.
  • The student should remain at home until free of diarrhea and/or vomiting for 24 hours. This means that your child may not return school until 24 hours from their last vomiting or diarrhea episode.
  • If the diagnosis is strep throat, the student should remain at home for 24 hours after starting the first dose of antibiotic treatment.

Consider keeping your child at home for an extra day of rest and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms:

  • Very stuffy or runny nose and/or a cough
  • Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep)
  • Headache
  • Mild stomachache

Helpful Tips to Staying Healthy: (Please go over and reinforce at home)

  • Wash hands frequently. This is the best way to prevent the spread of germs. The kids wash their hands frequently at school, please reinforce this at home by reminding them to wash before meals, after using the bathroom, when returning home from school, after playing outside, after being around someone who is sick, after sneezing, coughing, or blowing their nose and after playing with animals.
  • Get a good night sleep, eat a healthy, well balanced diet, and stay hydrated.
  • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands. Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home when you are sick.
  • Do not bite nails, avoid touching eyes nose and mouth when possible.
  • Flu vaccine and up to date vaccinations.

We appreciate your assistance and consideration of others during times when your child is not feeling well and may be contagious to others. Thank you for your help in keeping our students healthy.