It is the time of year where there is an increase in number of illnesses (strep throat, influenza, GI viruses, pink eye, etc.) seen in the community. It is important for everyone to eat well and get plenty rest.
Blanche Baker-Vlasak, a registered nurse and the coordinator of health services for the District, suggested reviewing the following health tips with your child:
- Encourage your child to wash their hands with soap and water and to cover their coughs.
- Encourage your child to keep their hands away from their eyes and out of their mouth. Remind your child that hands are often covered in germs.
- Encourage your child to not share water bottles, food or other personal items. Offer your child this simple rule — if you put the item in your mouth, keep it to yourself.
Please keep your child home when they are ill. Listed below are some guidelines that might help you decide if you need to keep your child home.
- Fever: A fever of 100 degrees or more signals an illness that is probably going to make a student uncomfortable and unable to function well in class. Your child should stay home until his or her temperature is less than 100 degrees for a day without a fever reducer medication and he/she is feeling better.
- Vomiting, diarrhea or severe nausea: These are symptoms that require a student to remain at home until a normal diet is tolerated the night before and the morning of school.
- Infectious diseases: Diseases such as impetigo, pink eye with thick drainage, and strep throat require a visit to a health care provider and prescription for medication. Contacting the health care provider and using the medicine as directed for the full recommended length of time are necessary. A student may return to school 24 hours after the first dose of an antibiotic and if he/she is feeling well.
When calling the attendance line please state what symptoms your child is experiencing or if your child has be diagnosed by their physician with a specific illness.