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Help keep illness at bay

You can’t turn on the news without hearing about colds and viruses, and this is the time of year where contagious illnesses are most rapant. Now is a good time to review best practices for keeping our students and staff healthy.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds — a good rule of thumb: singing Happy Birthday twice takes approximately 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands.
  • Other ways to stay healthy include:
    • Get plenty of sleep
    • Exercise regularly
    • Drink plenty of fluids
    • Eat nutritious foods
    • Manage stress levels

Despite the best efforts, sickness can still happen. Here are the guidelines on when to keep a child home from school:

  • Fever (greater than 100 degrees). 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.**If you have to give acetaminophen or ibuprofen before school for an elevated temperature, your child should not come to school. During the height of cold/flu season, your child will be sent home from school if their temperature is greater than 100.0 and if accompanied by cold/flu symptoms
  • Vomiting (even once)
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches
  • Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough
  • Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose

If you have any questions, please reach out to the school nurse at your child’s school. 

Thank you for doing your part to keep our schools healthy!