Here are some guidelines that I hope you will find helpful when making the decision whether or not to send your child to school.
- Any child with a fever of 100 degrees or higher should remain at home. Children should be fever-free, without the use of medication, for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Any child who is vomiting should be kept at home. Your child should be without vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Children with very runny noses and/or frequent sneezing or coughs should be kept at home whether or not they have a fever.
- Board policy requires that any student who is absent 3 or more consecutive days must return with a note from his/her primary health care provider.
Please be considerate and remember that part of the reason we ask that you keep your child home when he or she is ill is to control contagion. Your child will also benefit if students stay home when they are ill. Please remember that Tylenol and Advil only last about four hours. If your child had a fever or other complaints and you medicated them before school, it is a safe bet that you will be hearing from me by noontime.
Here are some tips for keeping healthy and some guidelines for when we lose the battle.
- The most effective way to stop the spread of germs is frequent handwashing. Please remind your children that they should wash their hands often and especially before eating.
- The shared water fountain is probably one of the main means of transmitting illness here at school.
- Please send your child with a sports bottle with water each day. Good hydration helps prevent many of the headaches and stomachaches I see and water is the best remedy around for a cough!
- School age children need 9-12 hours of sleep each night. How are your children doing in that department? Well-rested children are ready and able to learn!