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It's cold and flu season!
It's cold and flu season!
Evelyn Andrews
Thursday, January 30, 2020

It’s Cold and Flu Season!
– As a reminder to parents it is important to keep students home when they're ill,
not only for them but to prevent the spread of illness. Please check on your children at
home each morning and decide if they should be in school. Please don't send them to
school if they are ill. Sending a sick child to school is not good for the child, the other
children or the staff. Sending a sick child home from school disrupts the educational
process for everyone.
Fever: The child should remain home with a fever greater than
100 degrees. The child can return to school after he/she has
been fever free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medicine
such as Tylenol or Motrin)
Diarrhea/Vomiting: A child with diarrhea and/or vomiting should
stay at home and return to school only after being symptom
free for 24 hours.
Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye): Following a diagnosis of conjunctivitis,
the child may return to school 24 hours after the first dose of
prescribed medication.
Rashes: Common infectious diseases with rashes are most contagious in the
early stages. A child with a suspicious rash should return to school only after a
health care provider has made a diagnosis and authorized the child's return to
school.
Colds: A child with thick yellow-greenish mucous accompanied by fever, vomiting,
diarrhea. or constant nasal discharge should remain home. Very few younger
children can effectively blow their noses and wash their hands afterward. A child
with the above symptoms will quickly spread the illness to other children.
Sore throat, vomiting, earache or irritability accompanied by a fever.
Strep Throat/Impetigo and other bacterial infections requiring antibiotics. A
student with strep throat must remain home until they have been on their antibiotics for
a full 24 hours.
At this time of year, it is especially important for students to have the proper
amount of sleep, and to eat a good breakfast in the morning. This will help
with their defense against illness and allow them to have a productive day in
school.