As we head into the cooler weather season, this is a quick reminder to be mindful of the beginning of cold and flu season. It is important that we work together to keep our children healthy. Viruses/Common Colds spread easily among children in schools, and families with school-age children have more infections than others. By keeping our children flu-free, we benefit the community as a whole. You can help prevent the spread of flu and the common cold or help your child get better if he/she does get sick by following a few simple steps:
- If possible, you and your child should get a flu shot to help prevent infection with the flu.
- Remind your child to cover his/her nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing and dispose of the tissue immediately. We teach them to cough or sneeze into the bend of their elbow, or to cough down into the front of their own shirt to help keep as many germs as possible off of the hands.
- Have your child wash his/her hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available. Always follow with soap and water as soon as it is available.
- Disinfect frequently-touched surfaces and shared items at least once a day.
- Ensure that bathrooms are stocked with soap, hand towels and tissues.
- Teach your child not to touch his/her mouth, nose and eyes.
- If your child is sick and has a fever, keep him/her at home to prevent the spread of illness to others.
In working together, please do not send your child to school if he/she has:
- Temperature of 100 degrees or greater in the past 24 hours*
- Vomiting in the past 24 hours*
- Diarrhea in the past 24 hours*
- Strep Throat (must have been taking an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school) or other infection requiring antibiotics, such as conjunctivitis or pink eye
- Bad cold, with a very runny nose or bad cough, especially if it has kept the child awake at night
*Children must be symptom free for 24 hours, without the use of medication, before returning to school.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call the school at 244-2556