We have seen an increased incidence of illnesses in our school over the past few weeks. Within the classroom and throughout the school, we are encouraging good hand washing and cough/sneeze etiquette, as well as cleaning classrooms daily.
Illnesses like the stomach bug, colds, fevers and flu are spread from person to person in respiratory droplets. This can happen when droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person move through the air and are deposited on the mouth or nose of people nearby. Germs also can be spread when a person touches respiratory droplets from another person on a surface like a desk and then touches his or her own eyes, mouth or nose before washing their hands.
To keep our students healthy we would like to pass on the following guidelines:
- Please remind your children that the best defenses against illness are eating a balanced diet, getting plenty of rest (10 hours a night for this age group) and most importantly washing hands. Hands should be washed before eating, after coughing/sneezing, and after using the bathroom.
- Please report cases of Flu, strep throat, and fevers to the health office.
- Keep children home from school if they have any of the following Flu-like symptoms. Fever of over 100 degrees, cough, sore throat, headache, body aches, chills, nausea or vomiting. Children should be fever free for 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medications) before returning to school.
- Remind children to cover their mouth and nose. Cough or sneeze into a tissue and then throw it away. Cough or sneeze into their upper sleeve if they do not have a tissue.
- Children experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms, including diarrhea and vomiting should also wait a full 24 hours free of symptoms before returning to school.
- Students with bacterial infections should be on an antibiotic for at least 24 hours and be feeling well enough to participate in school activities before returning to school.
Thank you very much,
Cindy Fiore RN BSN