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Parent Reminder for Cold and Flu Season

Dear Parents or Guardians:

The peak of the cold and flu season is upon us.  T prevent widespread flu in the school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms. Although we value and place a high importance on good attendance, we also recognize that to prevent the spread of illness it is important to allow your child time to rest at home during an illness. To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines:

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 cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Stomach ache with nausea

Definitely keep your child at home for treatment and observation if he or she has any of these symptoms:

  • Fever (greater than 100 degrees and your child may return to school only after his or her temperature has been consistently below 100 degrees, by mouth, for a minimum of 24 hours)
  • Vomiting-Must be free of vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school
  • Diarrhea-Must be free from diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school
  • Chills
  • General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches
  • Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough

To help prevent the flu and other colds, teach your children good hygiene habits:

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth
  • 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.

Colds are the most contagious during the first 48 hours. Please remember that with any illness, your child can return to school ONLY after he/she is fever free without fever reducing medication (Tylenol/Motrin) for twenty-four hours; has been on antibiotic therapy (if indicated) for twenty-four hours, and is eating, drinking and feels well enough to be in school. It is very important that you keep the nurse at your child’s school informed of any contagious illness, so they can track and trend within the schools and take appropriate measures as needed. Hand washing and cough etiquette are the best line of defense in preventing illness.