As winter visits us, it often brings along cold and flu season. To help prevent the spread of illness, share these tips with your students and promote good hygiene habits:
Wash hands frequently
Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth
Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing with a tissue, throw it away, and then wash hands
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Colds and influenza are the most contagious during the first 48 hours. A child who has a fever should remain at home until they are “fever free” for a minimum of 24 hours. Often when a child awakens with vague complaints (the way colds and flu begin), it is wise to observe the child at home for an hour or two before deciding whether or not to attend school. Your student should be physically able to participate in all school activities when he/she returns to school. Keeping a sick child at home will help minimize the spread of illness in the classroom.
To decide whether or not to send your student to school, please consider the following guidelines. Definitely keep your student at home for treatment and observation if he or she has any of these symptoms:
Fever-greater than 100°F and your child should stay home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever. This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medicines (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). Do NOT use aspirin with influenza.
Vomiting (even once)
General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches
Frequent congested (wet) or croup cough
Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose