Flu is spread
when a person
who has the flu coughs, sneezes or speaks and sends the virus into the
air. The virus enters the nose, throat or lungs of a person and
multiplies. Flu spreads less frequently when a person touches a
surface that has flu viruses on it.
is the proven way to reduce spread of
illness. We are reminding students to be diligent in washing
their hands at school. Getting enough sleep at night and good
nutrition also play a role in staying healthy. Ask your
health care provider about getting a flu shot.
If your child has any of these symptoms, please keep him/her at home until the symptoms subside.
These are the same guidelines that the school nurse uses to evaluate students who may need to go home:
• APPEARANCE/BEHAVIOR: unusually tired,
difficult to wake, pale, skin rash, lack of
appetite; these are often signs
of underlying illness.
• FEVER: temperature of 100 degrees or
higher. Child may be sent home without a fever if
other symptoms are
• SORE THROAT: especially with fever and/or swollen glands.
• VOMITING/DIARRHEA: within the past 24 hours.
• NASAL DRAINAGE/COUGH: yellow or green nasal
drainage and/or chronic coughing may
prevent your child or other
students from being able to concentrate. They may expose
illness, especially if they cannot control their secretions.
Students should be fever-free with no vomiting/diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school.
It is not unusual for students to feel better in the morning and then
worse as the day goes along. It is important for the school to
have a list of emergency contacts that are available to pick up
your child in the event that we are not able to reach you.
Please notify the school if there are changes to your contacts.
When your child is ill, he/she is more likely to contract other
illnesses. Your child also exposes other students and staff when he/she
comes to school sick. The school is not equipped for prolonged
care of your sick child. We expect that you or an emergency
contact will pick up your sick child within the hour that you are
We need everyone's cooperation, to be better able to provide a healthy learning environment for our students and staff members.
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