Tips for Staying Well and When to Keep Your Child Home
From the School Nurse Kirstie Abernathy
Given cold and flu season is upon us, we would like to offer some tips and friendly reminders for staying well and preventing the spread of infection:
- Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing, sneezing or using the bathroom. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective for hand hygiene.
- Always wash hands prior to eating.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and soiled items, including toys.
- Try to avoid close contact with anybody displaying cold, stomach virus or flu-like symptoms.
- Seek medical attention as needed.
For more information on handwashing, please see the CDC webpage.
Also, we would like to remind you of a few of school policies around illness:
- Fever—Stay home for at least 24 hours since the last fever occurred, without the use of Tylenol or Ibuprofen to mask the fever
- Vomiting—Stay home for at least 24 hours since the last episode
- Diarrhea—Stay home for at least 24 hours if there are two episodes of diarrhea occurring
- Rash—Please schedule an appointment with the doctor if your child is experiencing an ongoing rash, and notify the doctor if they are having other symptoms such as cold symptoms, fever, sore throat, vomiting, etc.
- Cough/Colds—Students ongoing cough and cold symptoms including purulent nasal discharge should stay home and follow up with the doctor as needed.
- Sore throat—Please consult the doctor for a strep test for sore throat, pain/discomfort with swallowing that may or may not be associated with fever, vomiting and white spots in back of throat.
- Diagnosis of strep throat— Student must stay home for at least 24 hours after starting antibiotics.
Be sure to encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids, eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep at night, and incorporate a form of movement/exercise into each day to support a healthy immune system. Feel free to contact us directly with any questions as it relates to the health of your child while at school.